Jay Z famously had to sell his minuscule share of the Brooklyn Nets in order to launch a sports management company and represent athletes such as baseball star Robinson Canó. Now TMZ reports that noted sports fanatic (and fellow Mr. Carter) Lil Wayne is launching a sports management company of his own, and Portuguese soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will be his first client. Apparently Weezy’s company will be collaborating with Lisbon-based PolarisSports, an affiliate of the global management agency CAA and GestiFute, the company of Ronaldo’s manager Jorge Mendes. Looks like Wayne’s people won’t be negotiating Ronaldo’s soccer contracts, but they’ll handle his US business affairs including branding, marketing, endorsement, and modeling deals. (Besides being FIFA’s reigning World Player Of The Year, Ronaldo is a meticulously styled global sex symbol.)
Ronaldo seems stoked about the arrangement. Yesterday he tweeted a photo of himself and Japan’s prime minister making the YMCMB symbol.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) July 24, 2014
Quick primer for non-soccer people: Ronaldo plays his club ball for Spanish superclub Real Madrid, and he’s the captain of Portugal’s national team. If you watched the World Cup, you might recall Ronaldo delivering this breathtaking assist to lift Portgual into a draw with the US at the absolute last minute.