WATCH: Cristiano Ronaldo Poses With Leclerc & Sainz as He Visits Ferrari Factory in Maranello

Published 05/10/2021, 6:38 PM EDT
CIRCUIT DE CATALUNYA, MONTMELO, SPAIN – 2020/02/28: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 on track during day six of F1 Winter Testing. (Photo by Marco Canoniero/LightRocket via Getty Images)


The Ferrari headquarters welcomed an esteemed guest through their gates on Monday morning. The visitor was none other than soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

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His presence was a surprise to the Italian media as he had competed in a match barely 24 hours ago. Even more so because Juventus had lost 3-0 to AC Milan, endangering them on missing out on champions league qualification as they lie fifth in the Serie A Table.

Accompanied by Ferrari president, John Elkann and his Juventus compatriot, Andrea Agnelli, Ronaldo reached the Maranello base in a chopper. The footballer met with Ferrari F1 driver, Carlos Sainz, and Charles Leclerc and gave each of them a signed Juventus jersey.

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Of course, it’s important to point out that Sainz is a huge soccer enthusiast; he is an avid fan of Ronaldo’s previous club, Real Madrid.

CR7 also had the time to meet with Team Principal, Mattia Binotto. He was also given a personalized tour of the factory, including all the production lines.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 15: Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari talks with Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto in the garage during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit on March 15, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

What was the purpose of Cristiano Ronaldo’s visit to Ferrari?

Of course, it’s important to point that the Agnelli family owns a controlling stake in both Juventus and Ferrari. So, it could simply have been a marketing stunt to promote both of their brands together.

Or the scheduled visit could also be to add to the Portuguese’s envious car collection. According to Formula Passion, Ronaldo was there to take the delivery of Ferrari Monza SP2. The custom-built Ferrari car has only 499 prototypes in the whole world. And the price isn’t cheap either, owing to its high premium status (around $2 million).

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Red Bull driver Max Verstappen is one of the notable owners of this high-value beast. It has a 6.5 liter naturally aspirated V12 engine that can produce up to 799 Horsepower at 7000 RPM. This engine specification allows the legal road car to go from 0-100km/hr in a mere 2.9 seconds while carrying a maximum speed of 300km/hr.

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Truly staggering, we must say! Hopefully, the Tifosi can revel in his visit as their F1 team has also been enjoying a better run on the track of late. Though, we are not so sure if Juventus fans will be on the same page.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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