Ronaldo’s Dolphin Quest…

Cristiano Ronaldo is swimming with the fishes… But don’t worry, it’s not what you think!

The 26-year-old Portuguese soccer sensation went swimming with dolphins on Tuesday while in the United Arab Emirates. Ronaldo even posted a picture on his blog of him with one of the animals, holding its fins as it rose out of the water.

Cristiano Ronaldo Swims with Dolphin

“Today I had a great experience swimming with dolphins,” said Ronaldo. “It’s amazing how they engage with us.”

Later, the Real Madrid striker—in Dubai for the sixth annual International Sports Conference—visited fans at an autistic center, where he signed soccer balls and t-shirts for the children.

Cristiano Ronaldo

During a press conference, Ronaldo, who had played for Manchester United for six years before joining Real Madrid, revealed that he prefers Spain’s La Liga over the Premier League because he claims it allows individual players to shine. He said he ‘learned the elementary and basic rules of football, especially discipline’ while in England. But he said he
believes La Liga is the best league in the world because it ‘relies on players’ skills and techniques.’

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo is currently the top scorer in Spain and doesn’t have any plans to switch leagues anytime sign. While he says he could adapt to any league, Ronaldo says he wants to remain at Real Madrid because ‘frankly I’m just enjoying the moment.’

Herrera’s Got Game in His Next Big Project…

Mexican singer and actor Alfonso “Poncho” Herrera is preparing to bend it like Beckham on TV…

The 28-year-old former member of the Mexican pop group RBD will portray a professional soccer player seeking glory in the first original scripted series on Spanish-language sports cable network ESPN Deportes.

Alfonso Poncho Herrera

Entitled El Diez, the 10-episode series centers on Chava Espinoza, a young Mexican soccer player whose performance in the Under-20 World Cup makes him a star sought after by all of the world’s most important clubs.

“I played soccer since I was a little kid. I love soccer, and having to play this role is awesome,” says Herrera. “It’s a very realistic script and I truly believe nobody else has ever showed what’s behind the soccer industry the way El Diez does.”

The sports-themed novela will delve into Espinoza’s rise to fame—the highs and lows of being a superstar—and how he deals with the enormous burden of his fans’ expectations.

“In the story, Chava plays for a fictitious Mexican soccer team called Los Lobos del Atlético Nacional, but other than that all the stories showed in the episodes are completely real,” says series creator and producer Mauricio Quintana. “They show what happens inside the locker rooms and outside the field with the people that manage this incredibly profitable industry.”

The series—based on the real life experiences of former players, soccer team executives and sports journalists from Mexico, Spain and Argentina—will highlight issues like corruption, under-the-table negotiations and the invasion of privacy a soccer star faces.

“We show the audience all they want to see from the perspective of Latinos’ passion for soccer. There have been other movies that show the life of a soccer player in the British league or the league from Spain,” says Herrera. “But El Diez is completely made to give our audience what they want to see: Las Chivas, América teams and much more related to our Latino culture.”

The Spanish-language El Diez will be transmitted with English subtitles on Sundays at 9:00 pm ET on ESPN Deportes.

Hernandez Staying Put at Manchester United

Javier Hernandez isn’t making plans to leave England anytime soon… The Mexican soccer star has signed a new five-year deal with Manchester United.

Chicharito, as he’s known, was signed to the English professional football club from his hometown club of Chivas de Guadalajara last summer and made an instant impression, scoring in his debut game against Chelsea. At the end of his first season, The 23-year-old striker had scored 23 goals for United.

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“Playing for Manchester United has been a dream come true,” says Hernandez. “I never expected my first year to go so well and I’m delighted to commit my future to United. To win a title and appear in a Champions League final was fantastic. I’m looking forward to helping my teammates as we bid to win more trophies for this great club.”

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson couldn’t be happier with the news.

“His talent for creating space in the box and his finishing ability mark him out as a natural goalscorer,” says Ferguson. “Off the pitch, he is a pleasure to manage. He works very hard and is a popular member of the squad.”

Hernandez’s new deal will see him stay at Old Trafford until the end of the 2015/16 season.

Hernandez, who joined Chivas de Guadalajara at the age of nine, signed his first professional contract when he was only 15.