Cristiano Ronaldo was set to feature in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming film ‘The Manipulator’ only for the director and the movie’s subject Alessandro Proto to drop the Real Madrid star.
It was announced earlier this year that Ronado was to cameo in the film about Proto, who is rumoured to be the inspiration behind the ’50 Shades of Grey’ series, but he will now have to wait for his Hollywood bow.
Scorcese confirmed the news at the weekend, citing Proto’s influence in the decision, adding that the three-time Ballon d’Or winner must “know how to lose” after reportedly not taking the decision well.
“We’re sorry Cristiano has taken the removal of his role from The Manipulator badly, but in life you need to know how to lose as well,” he is quoted as saying by Sport.
“The move is based on the real life of Italian impresario Alessandro Proto, and is seems appropriate that he should have a say in matters.
“If Alessandro doesn’t want Cristiano in the movie, then it seems fine that Cristiano won’t be in it.”
But that’s not the end of the story. Don’t feel too bad for Ronaldo as, according to Proto himself, the 30-year-old could be set to pocket a cool €20 million [£14.6m] despite not shooting a single frame.
An agreement is believed to be in place that saw the Portuguese receive €10m for being sacked, with the 30-year-old’s lawyers rumoured to have negotiated a fee now worth double that.
“Ronaldo is a great player, but that doesn’t mean he is the king of the world,” Proto is quoted as saying.
“I don’t want him in a film about my life. Martin Scorsese is in agreement with me. Cristiano Ronaldo is not going to be in the film.
“I am sorry if he doesn’t feel valued, but in life you win some and you lose some. If I really have to give him 20 million euros, I will give it to him with my own hands.”