CRISTIANO Ronaldo has pledged to take free-kicks with a solid gold ball.
The Real Madrid star will be brought the Ballon d’Or on a platter for each free-kick and will add the presentation of the ball to his current five-minute pre-kick ritual.
Doctors have urged Ronaldo not to kick the ball, stressing it is only intended to be symbolic and not designed for match play.
The Portuguese player first won the trophy in 2008, but he suffered a dip in form after spending much of the season staring at his own reflection in the shiny orb.
A Real Madrid spokesman said: “We’ve told him that kicking it will almost certainly break his foot, but he thinks we’re being stupid.
“We’ve given up trying to tell him what to do. That’s why he wears skin-tight pink jeans and refers to himself as ‘CR7’.”