Old-school cool: Ronaldo rocks iPod shuffle before soccer match

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soccer star Ronaldo and his iPod Shuffle
An obsolete iPod shuffle hasn't hurt Ronaldo’s game.
Screenshot: Bleacher Report/Twitter

Soccer star Christiano Ronaldo is worth roughly $450 million. He has invested in a hotel chain, owns a $3 million sports car, lives in a $6 million house and has a lifetime deal with Nike worth a reported $1 billion.

But when it comes to listening to music, he’s fine with an iPod shuffle.

The Portuguese sensation made headlines this morning with a second-half hat trick to lead his Juventus team in a 4-0 win over Cagliari in the Series A Italian league.

But Ronaldo created buzz on Twitter during his pregame walk into the stadium. Online sports news site Bleacher Report posted a photo of the star player high-fiving fans wearing designer sunglasses and a tailored suit. Clipped to his tie was a blue iPod shuffle, including the standard plug-in earbuds.

The post kicked off a thread of loving one-line jabs with the caption, “It’s 2020 and Ronaldo’s still rocking the iPod shuffle.”

Others Bleacher Report readers called for the return of the iPod shuffle, the smallest of Apple’s legendary iPod family that launched in 2005 and was discontinued in 2017.

There were four different designs for the shuffle. It appears Ronaldo’s is the final model, which debuted in 2010.

His three-goal performance likely distracted reporters from asking the question of why he hasn’t updated his music-listening style with Apple Music, the iPhone and new AirPods Pro.

But as Salvatore Sultana wrote on Twitter: “When you spend 400 grand on a watch, I think it’s good to go cheap for a day.”

You can read about Ronaldo’s finances and how he spends his money here.