Next act for Ronaldo tipped to be TV role beside Jolie

LONDON • Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo may be a top star in football, but the spotlights at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium seem to be not bright enough for him.

According to reports in the British media, the 32-year-old has signed up to star in a television drama about Syrian refugees titled Hayat Koprusu alongside Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie.

Ronaldo had previously made no secret about his interest in acting after he is done with his football career, and it seems now that his chance has come sooner than expected.

Eyup Dirlik, the director of the upcoming TV series, told the Turkish Football website: "We will begin filming in the first week of April. The series is about the plight of a refugee family and what they go through.

"There will be appearances from actors and actresses from all over the world including Cristiano Ronaldo, Angelina Jolie and (Arabic music star) Nancy Ajram."

Hayat Koprusu will tell the story of a Syrian family who are fleeing the civil war for Turkey. It will be filmed in Gaziantep, in the Anatolia region of Turkey near the Syrian border.

"Why not? It is not my objective at the moment, but I have had some invitations," Ronaldo said last February when asked about a potential acting career.

"It's difficult as I have so many training sessions, games and competitions. But I would not close the door, it is something I like."

The Portuguese has also publicly shown his support for refugees, reported The Daily Express.

In December, he posted a video message via Twitter in a bid to encourage the children of Syria and give them hope.

"Hello, this is for children of Syria. We know that you have been suffering a lot. I am a very famous player, but you are true heroes," Ronaldo said in the video.

"Don't lose your hope. The world is with you. We care about you. I am with you."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 21, 2017, with the headline 'Next act for Ronaldo tipped to be TV role beside Jolie'. Subscribe