Manchester United footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is a player, both on and off the field, with a serious reputation for dating dusky Mediterranean brunettes.
But after a string of relationships which barely last the length of a football season, the £110,000-a-week wing wizard appears to have changed type.
For the Portuguese winger has found himself an English rose in Olivia Saunders, an 18-year-old Management and Leisure student at Manchester University.
The unlikely couple met at a Manchester nightclub, where Olivia was working as a promotions girl.
Since meeting, Ronaldo has been wining and dining the poor student all over Manchester.
For one date, Ronaldo brought her to the swish Cloud 23 bar at the Manchester Hilton Hotel, which would have made a nice change from the cheap drinks at the student union.
In contrast to Ronaldo`s £4million mansion in nearby Alderly Edge, Cheshire, Olivia lives in a £100-a-week halls of residence on campus.
She shares a kitchen and living room with a group of fellow first years.
While Ronaldo drives a £150,000 Bentley, Olivia drives a modest Ford Ka.
A friend of Olivia`s told The Sun: `Liv’s a stunning girl and he couldn’t keep his eyes off her. They’ve been on a couple of dates since and keep in touch via texts.
`Ronaldo may have all the money and status, but he’d be lucky to land a girl like Liv. She’s ambitious, intelligent, beautiful - not your typical WAG type.
`Liv’s fiercely independent and she wouldn’t want anyone’s money. But if it works out with Cristiano, then all the better. She’s pretty excited about it all.`
While her friends insist she isn`t a wannabe WAG, she does list the popular WAG pastime of shopping as her favourite hobby on her Facebook page.
She recently wrote on her Facebook page she was suffering from the typical student problem of lack of funds: `Liv needs a job to pay off the massive overdraft controlling her life.`
Last year alone, Ronaldo was linked to a host of stunning women including Ukrainian model Alyona Haynes, Portuguese singer/actress Luciana Abreu and Italian model Letitizia Filippi following his split from Spanish model Nereida Gallardo.
Ronaldo and Nereida enjoyed a high-profile five month romance in early 2008 and put on a public show of affection on a Sardinian beach last summer.
Prior to Nereida, his longest romance was with Brazilian model Jordana Jardel, who he dated when he first started out on the international football scene.
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