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Here is the bull fighter and the MMA fighter who will protect Cristiano Ronaldo from the ISIS during the World Cup

As we inch closer to the World Cup finals in Russia, all eyes will be on the two greatest players of the generation – Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. With the battle for the ultimate all set to commence from 14th June, both the gentlemen are gearing themselves up for the hunt for their maiden FIFA World Cup Trophy.

However, there is a threat looming over the mega event as Portugal talisman Cristiano Ronaldo received threats from the terrorist group ISIS earlier this year. Following the risk, the 5-time Ballon winner has hired two well-trained and devoted men to protect himself from any unfortunate event.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo. Image Source: Twitter

As reported by The Sun, Ronaldo has hired one of the world’s best bullfighters as his own personal bodyguard for the World Cup in Russia. Strongman Nuno Marecos who is an ex-paratrooper, was accredited to look after the Portugal record-holder during the Champions League final in Kiev, Ukraine.

Nuno Marecos
Nuno Marecos

Accompanying the former noble paratrooper is the world-class MMA fighter, Goncalo Salgado. They both will be on Ronaldo’s beck and call during this summer’s World Cup in Russia if any disturbance starts to brew.

Goncalo Salgado
Goncalo Salgado




When not being of service to Ronaldo, Nuno supervises a troop of bull entertainers. Half hours’ drive from Lisbon, he leads the line in a group known as Forcados – a team of eight men.

Earlier this year, the ISIS caused a menace by threatening to murder players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. They posted mock up photos of the players beheaded at a football stadium. The caption that followed was: ‘Your blood will fill the ground’.

Cristiano Ronaldo with Marecos and Salgado after the UEFA CL final.
Cristiano Ronaldo with Marecos and Salgado after the UEFA CL final.




This spine-chilling incident has impelled the security to be on high-alert.

Speaking about his relationship with Ronaldo, Nuno said to The Mirror,

“We give everything we can to help each other. Only through this spirit of friendship and a lot of admiration for the bull, are we able to triumph and do things that we often only dream about.”

Although Ronaldo has taken rigorous steps to ensure his safety, we do pray and hope that no chaos falls upon any of the player during the World Cup.




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