Cristiano Ronaldo On His SS18 Denim Collection, The World Cup And Who He Thinks Is The Future Of Soccer

For those of you who live under a rock, Cristiano Ronaldo is regarded as one of the greatest soccer players in the world. Some would even suggest that he's the greatest player of all-time, ourselves included. On-and-off the field, the 33-year-old superstar continually separates himself from his peers through hard work, dedication, and unparalleled skill. Having joined the professional soccer world at such a young age, he embodies everything that it means to be a legendary player. As it stands, Cristiano is the fifth highest-paid athlete in the world and despite just celebrating a birthday, he has no intentions of slowing down anytime soon.

That said, there's more to the man than just fancy footwork. His passions extend far beyond the field, landing right on the runway. Cristiano launched his highly-acclaimed men's fashion line, CR7, back in the summer of 2017. Currently, he's gearing up to release the spring/summer 2018 collection. Let's be real, anyone who has seen a single picture of Ronaldo off the field can attest that the man's got style, plain and simple.

Of course, as with many celebrities, it can be hard to attain their killer fashion sense — mainly because of pricing and availability. That's why Ronaldo made it a point to create a line that's not only fashionable, but well-priced. His denim is available in five fits, at three price points. The collection is performance ready and priced right for just about any guy!

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FHM: So, Cristiano, Let's Start Off With The SS18 Collection! What Separates This Season's Collection From Last Year's? Anything You're Particularly Excited About?

Cristiano Ronaldo: "For this season the main focus will still be on making sure we release extremely comfortable, fashionable, well-priced denim jeans that allow people to move freely without any restrictions. The styling and look and feel of the collection is still anchored in performance, with technical elements in the fabric enhancing motion and mobility, and washing effects being well-balanced between cleaner finishes with limited laundry effects and then some very deconstructed styles for the brave and fashion forward."

FHM: Do You Have A Favorite Piece From The SS18 Collection?

Cristiano Ronaldo: "My favorite piece has to be the 'Raptor Type – S' denim jeans, featuring very specific details and technical engineering. It has a very futuristic look and feel and will be released in three colors (bleach, grey and black). I believe it will be one of the statement pieces for the season."

FHM: What's Your Go-To Denim Look During The Day? How About For A Night Out?

Cristiano Ronaldo: "Currently my go-to denim look would be my 'CR7 TYPE – P (Painted On)' skinny jeans, accompanied by my crisp (and very clean) CR7 performance stretch shirts. The reason I like pairing those items is because the moisture management and the technology in the shirt fabric allows for cooling in summer and warmth in winter — which helps a lot with my extensive traveling schedule and being in different time zones and climates all the time. For a night out I normally add a well-fitted blazer, or leather jacket."

FHM: Has It Been Difficult To Balance Your Career In Fashion And Your Career As A Professional Athlete? If So, Any Pro-Tips On Being Such A Renaissance Man?

Cristiano Ronaldo: "Having limited time and managing my time has always been something that I have had to do, since joining the professional football world at such a young age. I am very thankful to have a team around me that helps me manage all my responsibilities, allowing me to give my best on-and-off the field. I’m very happy that whatever I am involved with is my passion, and it energizes me."

FHM: Speaking Of Athletics, Your Portuguese Squad Is Coming Off A Euro 2016 Title, Can You Describe The Feeling Of Winning The First Ever Major Tournament For Your Country?

Cristiano Ronaldo: "Representing my country it is something that fills me with such incredible pride and joy! Yes, winning the Euro in 2016 was an unforgettable moment."

FHM: With The World Cup Coming Up In June, What Are Your Expectations? Is Portugal Going All The Way This Year?

Cristiano Ronaldo: "We know we are not the favorites. I think that Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Spain and France are the favorites, but we are working incredibly hard (collectively and individually) to make sure we are 100% prepared for the World Cup and we know we have a team which is difficult to beat."

FHM: We've Got To Ask: Is There REALLY As Big Of A Rivalry Between Lionel Messi And You As We All Perceive, Or More Mutual Respect Than Anything?

Cristiano Ronaldo: "I think that perception comes more from the media and fans than anything else. We are two players playing in two rival clubs, but between us there is a lot of respect. Everyone can see that whenever we meet."

FHM: Being A Seasoned Pro Athlete, Do You See Any Players On The Rise That You're Looking Forward To Watch Climb The Ranks? Anybody You Can't Wait To Run Circles Around?

Cristiano Ronaldo: "There are a lot of talents out there and I’m sure football will continue to produce some of the biggest stars in the sports' world."

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FHM: You're 33 Years Old, But Aren't Showing Signs Of Slowing Down, But Do You Think About What Might Be Next After Soccer?

Cristiano Ronaldo: "At the moment I’m feeling fit and healthy and not really thinking about what is next just yet, but I have my CR7 Denim collection, which is another extension of myself. I’m excited to keep performing on the field and pour more and more energy into building a world class global denim jeans brand that can be a legacy for the next generation."

FHM: Lastly, Back To SS18, Do You See CR7 Expanding Beyond Denim In The Coming Years? If So, What's Your Next Venture?

Cristiano Ronaldo: "At the moment, all the focus and energy is going into launching the menswear and boys-wear across jeans, shirts and jackets globally and doing it exceptionally well! I think there is such an opportunity for well-made, performance-driven denim, that is retailing at a very fair price. I’m enjoying growing and scaling the CR7 Jeans footprint into more stores and international retail partners!"

To shop Cristiano's line, head on over to CR7's official website and be sure to keep up with everything he's got going on by following him on Instagram. Don't forget to follow CR7 Denim on Instagram, too!

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