Meet Argentinian soccer star Yamila Rodriguez with a tattoo of CRISTIANO RONALDO – not Lionel Messi – on her leg at the Women’s World Cup

Meet Argentinian soccer star Yamila Rodriguez with a tattoo of CRISTIANO RONALDO – not Lionel Messi – on her leg at the Women’s World Cup

  • Yamila Rodriguez has Cristiano Ronaldo and Diego Maradona on her left thigh
  • Argentina women’s team suffered a 1-0 loss to Italy in their opening game
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It’s rare to find an Argentine snubbing Lionel Messi in favor of Cristiano Ronaldo, but Women’s World Cup star Yamila Rodriguez proudly chose the Portuguese over the men’s national team hero.

The heavily tattooed 25-year-old was spotted on the touchline during Argentina’s World Cup opener against Italy on Monday with her left shin tattooed with the profile of former Real Madrid star Ronaldo.

The tattoo is a footballing paradox with Ronaldo vying with Messi for the title of greatest player over the past two decades.

But despite his nationality, Rodriguez didn’t hide his admiration for Ronaldo.

“My idol is Cristiano Ronaldo, not Messi,” she told ESPN Vivo last year.

Argentina star Yamila Rodriguez snubbed national hero Lionel Messi for Cristiano Ronaldo

Argentina star Yamila Rodriguez snubbed national hero Lionel Messi for Cristiano Ronaldo

The 25-year-old got the Portuguese star tattooed on her left leg with Diego Maradona

The 25-year-old got the Portuguese star tattooed on her left leg with Diego Maradona

She also tried to justify her preference for the Al-Nassr player over the national hero, telling Argentinian newspaper Ole: “[Ronaldo] is undoubtedly the best player in the world. I watched him play and thought: how can he be so perfect? He surprises me with everything he does. With this tattoo I now have Cristiano with me forever.

Messi, who made his MLS debut for Inter Miami on Friday, cemented himself as one of – if not the – game’s greatest last year when he added the only missing trophy to his cabinet.

The 36-year-old won the World Cup for the Albiceleste – the first since Diego Maradona’s triumph in 1986.

And Rodriguez hasn’t completely overlooked her country’s footballing success as she has also paid tribute to Maradona, immortalizing him in ink.

Above his Ronaldo tattoo, Rodriguez also has Maradona’s likeness inked on his thigh.

The design shows Maradona’s profile and signature, as well as three stars – one for each of Argentina’s Men’s World Cup wins in 1978, 1986 and Messi’s feat last year.

Rodriguez has had success on the court herself. Left out for the 2019 Women’s World Cup, she spent some unforgettable years with Boca Juniors to ensure she booked her seat on the plane to Australia and New Zealand this year.

She became the first woman to score at La Bombonera, reached the La Copa Libertadores final with the Xeneize and scored in the Copa America.

Messi won the World Cup for Argentina last year - the first since Maradona's 1986 triumph

Messi won the World Cup for Argentina last year – the first since Maradona’s 1986 triumph

After missing Argentina's roster in 2019, Rodriguez found himself in the side of Germany's Portnova

After missing Argentina’s roster in 2019, Rodriguez found himself in the side of Germany’s Portnova

But the team's hopes of making it out of the group took a hit with a first defeat against Italy

But the team’s hopes of making it out of the group took a hit with a first defeat against Italy

Rodriguez played an important role in helping Argentina qualify for this year’s Down Under tournament, where they are looking to claim their first-ever win at a Women’s World Cup.

However, their hopes were dashed when Germany’s Portanova’s side lost 1-0 to Italy in their opener at Eden Park after a late goal from Cristiana Girelli.

The result forces them to rally and beat South Africa, if they hope to break out of the group for the first time in their history.

South Africa are ranked 26 places below Argentina according to FIFA, but nearly pulled off a surprise in their opener against Sweden as Hildah Magaia scored the opening goal before the Swedes eventually rallied in a 2-1 victory.

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