Red card for Ronaldo’s girl: Manchester United star sends model lover packing

Cristiano Ronaldo may be in the market for a new job but it appears he could also be looking for a new girlfriend.

As speculation intensifies that the Portugal international may leave Manchester United, reports today suggested he has already quit his relationship.

The 23-year-old striker allegedly dumped his model girlfriend of five months, Nereida Gallardo, just before an operation on his injured right ankle last week.

The news is a shock after the pair spent two weeks all over each other on holiday in Sardinia.

But Portuguese tabloid 24 Horas said the reason for the split was “a secret of the gods”.

But it hinted that Ronaldo, who is being linked to a multimillion-pound move to Real Madrid, was tired of lurid headlines about Majorca-born Gallardo and her past.

Recent tabloid revelations that she had a fling with Spain defender Sergio Ramos – who could become Ronaldo’s team-mate should his move to Real Madrid get the green light – will not have helped.

It also claimed she did not get on with Ronaldo’s mother Dolores, who believed the model was after her son’s money.

Gallardo had planned to spend the weekend in Portugal with Ronaldo but cancelled her flight after injuring her foot in a fall.

But she was well enough to go to Ibiza this weekend with a friend after booking a last-minute trip.

She flew to the island on Saturday and attended a private party until the early hours of yesterday.

She was thought to be at the Majorca home of mother Ana and stepfather Francisco Jose on the outskirts of the capital Palma.

Ronaldo was said to be resting at his home in Sintra, north of Lisbon.

Last month, the couple put on many public displays of affection for the paparazzi as they holidayed on a £10million yacht moored off Sardinia.

Reports of the split follow FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s claim that Man Utd’s refusal to sell the £80million striker to Real Madrid was akin to “modern slavery”.

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