He may not have made it onto the list of 10 weirdest hairstyles of the World Cup, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s zigzag cut has been raising eyebrows since Portugal’s game against the US last Sunday.
On Monday, the official World Cup Instagram account shared a photo of the 29-year-old’s haircut and claimed the zigzag is actually the number 7, his shirt number.
“7: a shirt number, but also the number of games @cristiano wants to play at this #WorldCup. Barbers will be asked for this around the world tomorrow! #Portugal #Copa2014,” it was captioned.
But there’s another story doing the rounds – and it involves a sick young boy and an act of philanthropy from the Real Madrid star.
Erik Ortiz Cruz, a 10-month-old soccer fan, has cortical dysplasia, a brain abnormality that causes up to 30 seizures each day.
The UK Metro and several other news sources reported that the baby had needed surgery and ongoing treatment, but that his family had been struggling to raise the necessary funds.
Several media sources reported that when Ronaldo heard about Erik’s condition, he donated the €60,000 (AU$87,170) necessary for the surgery, and pledged to help with further treatment.
And that zigzag? Rumour has it that he shaved it into his head to match little Erik’s surgery scar.
It’s a touching tale, but there’s one problem – it’s not true.
On June 24, Erik’s mother wrote a Facebook post explaining that Erik hasn’t actually had the surgery.
“Cristiano Ronaldo said he would pay part of the cost of the operation of my son when [the time comes], but still thankfully that day has not come,” she wrote.
“I want to clarify that my son has not been operated on because they are trying to cure him with medicine.”
It appears the story spread after a Tweet was sent by a soccer fan. It has since been retweeted almost 12,000 times, in spite of the news having never been verified.
So really, we guess it’s just a plain old 7, after all …