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Cristiano Ronaldo’s £2,600 cat is run over outside his home in Italy

Cristiano Ronaldo’s £2,600 cat is run over outside his home in Italy – and sent to Spain to recover with his girlfriend’s family

  • Sphynx cat called Pepe, thought to have been named after Ronaldo’s bald ex-Real Madrid teammate, was hit by a car in Turin 
  • Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez, 27, decided to take the cat with her on a private jet back to Spain after it was released from intensive care at the vet
  • Hairless puss became star of the couple’s hit Instagram sites before its accident

Cristiano Ronaldo’s £2,600 cat has been run over outside his home in Italy and sent off to rehabilitate with his girlfriend’s family in Spain.

The hairless Sphynx called Pepe, thought to have been named after Ronaldo’s bald ex-Real Madrid teammate, was hit by a car in Turin.

Ronaldo’s model girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez, 27, decided to take the cat with her on a private jet back to Spain after it was released from intensive care at the vet. 

The hairless puss, a star of the couple’s hit Instagram sites before its accident, became part of their family just over two years ago.

Ronaldo's model and influencer girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez, 27, decided to take the cat with her on a private jet back to Spain after it was released from intensive care at the vet (pictured: the cat has become a star of her Instagram profile)

Ronaldo's girlfriend with his cat Pepe

Ronaldo's girlfriend with his cat Pepe

Ronaldo’s model and influencer girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez, 27, decided to take the cat with her on a private jet back to Spain after it was released from intensive care at the vet (pictured: the cat has become a star of her Instagram profile)

The 36-year-old Juventus striker was once filmed playing with it as he laid on his front in a t-shirt and underpants while his girlfriend massaged his calf muscles

The 36-year-old Juventus striker was once filmed playing with it as he laid on his front in a t-shirt and underpants while his girlfriend massaged his calf muscles

The 36-year-old Juventus striker was once filmed playing with it as he laid on his front in a t-shirt and underpants while his girlfriend massaged his calf muscles

The cat is believed to be named after Ronaldo's former Real Madrid teammate Pepe, who is also bald

The cat is believed to be named after Ronaldo's former Real Madrid teammate Pepe, who is also bald

The cat is believed to be named after Ronaldo’s former Real Madrid teammate Pepe, who is also bald

It has enjoyed luxury holidays with them and got its first taste of Ronaldo’s Gulfstream G200 long before its terrible accident.

The 36-year-old Juventus striker was once filmed playing with it as he laid on his front in a t-shirt and underpants while his girlfriend massaged his calf muscles.

Ms Rodriguez sparked pregnancy rumours last May by dressing the cat up as a baby and taking a picture of it being kissed by Ronaldo’s three-year-old son Mateo.

The influencer let the cat out of the bag on the car collision in an interview with Spanish magazine Instyle, saying: ‘Pepe has given us a terrible scare.

‘It escaped from home and was run over.

‘It was close to death and after a month and a half in intensive care at the vet’s, we’ve decided my sister Ivana should look after it.

‘Pepe’s now in Spain recovering.’

Ms Rodriguez, who has a three-year-old daughter with Cristiano called Alana Martina and is the day-to-day mum of his other three children, added: ‘The youngest ones didn’t understand Pepe was sick and wanted to play with him.

‘Now he’s in the best hands.’

The cat on a private jet with Ronaldo's girlfriend and his four children, the pair share a three-year-old daughter and she is the day-to-day mother of his other kids

The cat on a private jet with Ronaldo's girlfriend and his four children, the pair share a three-year-old daughter and she is the day-to-day mother of his other kids

The cat on a private jet with Ronaldo’s girlfriend and his four children, the pair share a three-year-old daughter and she is the day-to-day mother of his other kids

Ronaldo playing with the cat while getting a massage at home from his girlfriend

Ronaldo playing with the cat while getting a massage at home from his girlfriend

Ronaldo playing with the cat while getting a massage at home from his girlfriend

Ronaldo playing with the cat in a previous Instagram video

Ronaldo playing with the cat in a previous Instagram video

Ronaldo playing with the cat in a previous Instagram video

Ms Rodriguez introduced the new addition to the family to her 23 million Instagram fans in November 2018 by posting a picture of it on her lap alongside a message saying: ‘Pepe wishes you a nice day.’

Sphynx cats are so expensive because they are purebred and hard to find. They are regarded as being among the most lovely and friendly moggies who are good with kids as well as other pets.

Although their name is Egyptian-sounding, the breed’s origins began in Canada in the sixties when a mutant hairless kitten called Prune was born among a normal furry litter.

Critics dismiss them as grotesque alien-like creatures that barely deserve to be called a cat.


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