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Cristiano Ronaldo announces breakup with Irina Shayk

Irina Shayk supported Cristiano Ronaldo at the 2013 Ballon d'Or ceremony but was nowhere to be seen this year.

One of the footballing sphere's foremost power couples, Cristiano Ronaldo and Irina Shayk, is officially no more.

After several weeks of tittle-tattle stoked by Shayk's no-show at the 2014 Ballon d'Or ceremony last week, Ronaldo issued a statement on Tuesday morning to confirm that the couple has split after five years together.

"After dating for five years, my relationship with Irina Shayk has come to an end," Ronaldo said via a written statement to The Associated Press. "We believed it would be best for both of us to take this step now.

"I wish Irina the greatest happiness."

The Real Madrid star added that he was making the statement to bring the speculation about their relationship and his private life to an end.

And lo, so all things must pass -- to which end Toe Poke presents an "in memoriam" tribute to happier times. All those tennis matches and FIFA galas are now but dust in the wind.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Irina Shayk
The couple was often found watching tennis matches together.
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Or going to galas -- although it should be mentioned that doesn't include the Ballon d'Or earlier this month.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Irina Shayk
But Ronaldo was clearly upset with something his partner said. The signs were there really.


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