Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid shows his support for the presidential bid of President Goodluck Jonathan. He was pictured to be holding up a cardboard which read “Vote for GEJ 2015 CR7” in apparent support of the President in the forthcoming elections.The Portuguese star is said to be campaigning for the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. The picture is causing controversies on social media as some say the picture is a Photoshop image, others agree that CR7 can campaign for Nigeria’s incumbent president. But the Real Madrid forward has not denied the report.
The forward who scored at the weekend in a 2-0 win over Elche as Real Madrid moved 4 points clear of Barcelona in the La liga. The well taken header which was the second goal of the match away at Elche on Sunday saw the three-time Ballon d’Or winner draw level with Santillana on 290 goals for Real Madrid. The Portuguese now has just two players ahead of him on the scoring charts for Los Blancos: Alfredo Di Stefano and Raul.
It should be recalled that other footballers both in Nigeria and abroad has also come out to show their support for the candidature of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for a second term as Nigeria President.. Former Nigerian international, John Fashanu, has openly declared his support for President Goodluck Jonathan in the upcoming Presidential elections. Also, former Super Eagles duo of Nwankwo Kanu and Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, including current captain of the side, Joseph Yobo have all thrown their weights behind the President.
Could it be because of the President’s contribution to sports in Nigeria? According to John Fashanu,
“President Jonathan has now created a conducive atmosphere where Nigerian sportsmen and women strive to do better because of the way he appreciates them when they come home.
I have been a sportsman for over two decades and I know the importance of a President who likes sports and a President who doesn’t like sports.”
What impact will this show of support for GEJ have on the polls come March 28th, 2015?