“I Really Appreciate It”: Andy Murray Receives Special Gift From Soccer Great Cristiano Ronaldo

Published 02/21/2021, 3:00 AM EST
Andy Murray of Great Britain smiles on court following his walkover in the Mens Singles semi final match against Milos Raonic of Canada on day six of the BNP Paribas Masters at Palais Omnisports de Bercy in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)


Mutual respect is one of the aspects that makes the world of sport so great. Recently, Portuguese soccer star, Cristiano Ronaldo, showed his admiration for three-time Grand Slam champion, Andy Murray.

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Although they hail from different cultures and sports, it doesn’t stop them from supporting one another. And for these reasons, they are role models for millions around the globe.

In this case, Juventus’ #7, Cristiano Ronaldo, sent a token of respect to the former World No. 1 tennis player. And on receiving it, Andy Murray was overjoyed.

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Andy Murray received a signed jersey from Cristiano Ronaldo

The Great Britain professional has been in and out of the tennis circuit due to his recurring injuries. However, Murray never stops working and comes back everytime to prove that he’s still got it.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 06: Andy Murray of Great Britain poses with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup ahead of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 06, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Similarly, the all-time highest goal scorer of UEFA Champions League also dedicates great value to fitness and hard work. This monumental effort they put in is what has made them so successful in their respective sports.

But such hard-working athletes also look for inspiration from one another to face and combat the challenges they face.

So when Murray received a signed jersey from Ronaldo, he was nothing but grateful. Later on, Murray gave his signed shirt and a tennis racket in return.

“Thank you very much Cristiano for the shirt. I am a big fan and I really appreciate it. Unfortunately, I can’t come to watch your match in the next few days, but I signed a shirt for you as well,” Andy said.

Moving forward, the five-time UEFA Champions League winner is chasing his first win at the tournament with his new team, Juventus. On the other side, Murray is on his path of resurgence.

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What lies ahead for Murray?

Murray suffered a huge blow when he tested positive for the coronavirus and had to withdraw from the Australian Open 2021. Even then, he has fought back the illness and started his tennis season elsewhere.

Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts during the Men’s Singles Final against John Isner of the United States on day seven of the BNP Paribas Masters at Palais Omnisports de Bercy in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Incredibly, the current World No. 125 reached the final of the ATP Challenger event in Biella, Italy. Now, he is looking forward to competing for an ATP 250 event at Montpellier.

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With more time spent on the tennis court, it won’t be long before we see Murray in big tournaments again. During the quarantine, he’d promised that he would deliver better results this year, which he clearly is working towards.

So, we will definitely see the six-time Grand Slam finalist compete throughout the 2021 season. And hopefully, he will bring back some good memories with his tennis. Go, Andy!

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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