Tokyo - Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo came face to face with a
scantily clad life-size double on Wednesday when Japanese scientists unveiled a
"cyber clone" of the Portuguese pin-up.
The 30-year-old, who was in Tokyo to promote an electric muscle stimulator
for sculpting a washboard stomach, gave the thumbs-up to the doppelganger with
moving facial features, created after a 3D scan of his body using 110 micro
"It's perfect," smiled Ronaldo as he checked out the clone with
fluttering eyelids and roving eyes. "I love it."
The silicon dummy, made with the help of a Hollywood studio, was naked but
for a black pair of Ronaldo's own brand of underwear and the pulsing
"Six-Pad" device attached to its torso.
"I have to say he looks just like me," added Ronaldo. "I
would be a liar if I said it doesn't."
Ronaldo, the reigning world footballer of the year, has legions of fans who
swoon over his chiselled looks and muscular physique, which he regularly shows
off by removing his shirt to celebrate goals.
There was a similar reaction when Ronaldo was wheeled out for Japanese
television as studio guests giddily prodded and poked his stomach. A detailed
graphic also revealed his "eight-pack" - not the standard six that
gym-goers aspire to.
Celebrities on Fuji TV's "Viking" show cooed "Oh, your face
is so small" - a traditional Japanese compliment for good-looking
foreigners - as Ronaldo appeared in jeans, a tight T-shirt and diamond ear
Ronaldo, who earns an estimated $43 million a year in salary and
endorsements, laughed when the male presenter asked about reports the player
does 3 000 sit-ups daily.
"No, that's not true," he said. "I hit the gym after training
every day, sure. But I do about 300 sit-ups a day."
Asked to show off his belly, Ronaldo duly obliged to approving gasps, while
studio guests lifted their own shirts to reveal flabby tummies, one wag
shouting "I've got a one-pack!" to Ronaldo's amusement.
Ronaldo visited Japan last year to push a face-stretching gadget designed to
enhance the user's smile, although he refused to put it in his mouth as
intended, perhaps fearful of a backlash on social media.
Japan is a common destination for European or American stars who are paid
big money to sell products that never see the light of day back home.
Many insist on confidentiality clauses, preventing commercials from being
shown in their home countries, although the spread of the Internet has now
complicated the process.