Cristiano Ronaldo likes to prance around the stadia of Europe is an array of flash-coloured boots.
But Real Madrid’s superstar striker found himself the butt of a German joke when his fancy footwear was nicked in Munich this week.
The Portuguese complained that three pairs of his precious boots were part of a haul thieves made off with from Real’s dressing room before kick-off in their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday.
And now a local disc jockey has sent the former Manchester United player a pair of Bavarian brogues – as worn by traditional southern German dancers in the national costume.
Stephan Lehmann, a presenter on radio station Bayern 1 and also the Bayern Munich stadium announcer, appealed to his listeners for a pair of brogues to send to Ronaldo and some were donated by a shoemaker.
“We need Bavarian brogues, size 43, for the most expensive footballer in the world,” Lehmann said. The package also included a personal note to Ronaldo, telling him he would look “really snazzy” in the new footwear.
It read: “Dear Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Hospitable people live here in Bavaria. We may steal maypoles, but not shoes. We therefore wanted to replace what you lost.
“Here are a pair of genuine Bavarian brogues for you. With them you won’t be able to score any goals, but you will look really snazzy.
“Kind regards, Stephan Lehmann and the Bayern 1 team.”
Munich police are looking into the incident after Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil and Karim Benzema complained they had belongings nicked from their changing room.
Jose Mourinho’s side lost the game 2-1. The second leg will take place in the Spanish capital on Wednesday when Bayern may well hope Ronaldo plays in his new shoes.