Rafa Nadal is a world-class poker player. Ronaldo? Not so much. The stakes were $50,000 for Nadal’s
charity and an evening scrubbing dishes for the loser.
To add insult to injury, former Brazilian football star Ronaldo lost $50,000 at a poker table and was
reduced to spending the remainder of his night washing 400 plates. He also looks more than a few kilos
heavier than when he ran circles around opponents on the football pitch. How the mighty have fallen.
The game went down on November 18th in a British poker room, with the occasion being a fundraiser
for the Rafa Nadal foundation. Few things are more exciting than watching a Brazilian and a Spaniard
duke it out over a prize, but the Spaniard took home the cake.
Ronaldo a gracious loser
Rafa is almost as good at poker as he is at tennis, and has made gambling news by winning several
celebrity tournaments and appearing as a spokesman for PokerStars. He had little trouble asserting his
dominance at the table, making quick work of the amateurish Ronaldo.
Luckily for everyone involved, Ronaldo took the loss with a smile on his face, happy for the chance to
donate some of his vast fortune for a good cause. As for washing the dishes, we can imagine he wasn’t