Football star Cristiano Ronaldo plays padel with fans during Singapore visit

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Cristiano Ronaldo playing a friendly game of padel at Victoria Junior College.

4th June 2023 – (Singapore) Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portugal football star, entertained fans during his whirlwind tour of Singapore by playing a game of padel with over 1,000 youth and adult volunteers at Victoria Junior College. Padel is a mix between tennis and squash which is played in doubles on an enclosed court. Ronaldo was his usual competitive self, playing against two young people before taking on Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Edwin Tong and Manpower Minister Tan See Leng.

Hundreds of fans gathered outside the school’s main gate hours before Ronaldo’s arrival to catch a glimpse of their idol. His security detail had their hands full trying to contain a crowd that mobbed him from the moment he arrived till he left.

Ronaldo’s visit to Singapore was in support of the Singapore Olympic FoundationPeter Lim Scholarship, funded by long-time friend and philanthropist Peter Lim. Established in 2010, the scholarship has awarded 4,402 scholarships amounting to S$9.2 million (US$6.81m) to student athletes from 54 sports. Ronaldo’s visit was part of a #BeSIUPER weekend, which supports two youth scholarships.