Cristiano Ronaldo dumped me by text message, says Spanish beauty Nereida Gallardo
Published 22:13 27/09/08 By By Tom Worden and Adrian Butler
Football playboy Cristiano Ronaldo's ex-girlfriend has branded him a coward... for dumping her by text message.
The Manchester United star, recently linked to a string of other girls, didn't even call Spanish beauty Nereida Gallardo to end their seven-month relationship, she claims.
Nereida, 24, says the s80million star was an impressive lover and she was devastated when she got his text.
"He is very good in bed. That's why I was with him," she said. "We had sex the first night we met."
Speaking about their romance for the first time, she said: "I was upset by the way he finished the relationship, which to me seems 100 per cent cowardly. He is very immature."
Nereida blames Ronaldo's mum Dolores for the break-up.
"There were some problems with his family as they were a little jealous," she said.
"He's very manipulated by his mother and she was always very protective towards him, which is normal.
"But she never called me to try to sort things out."
The couple met in January while Ronaldo, 23, was clubbing in her home city of Palma, Majorca. They spent two weeks holidaying on a s10million yacht in Sardinia as Ronaldo nursed an injured ankle.
But the relationship hit the rocks while he was in Los Angeles recovering from an operation. He was seen with a succession of women, including blonde US TV actress Tina Powers, another American called Jen and a mystery Scottish girl.
As the football world waited to see if he would stay at Man United or jump ship to Real Madrid, his love conquests made headlines around the world while fuming Nereida was stuck in Majorca reading about his exploits.
Before the split the s120,000-a-week striker regularly flew Nereida and two pals over to Britain for sleepovers in his s4million mansion in Cheshire, which has a swimming pool, jacuzzi and private cinema.
He lavished her with expensive gifts including a designer handbag and an Armani belt.
But Nereida didn't think much of Manchester.
"The city is a little bit sad and the nightclubs close early," she said. "Life was only PlayStation, movies on TV and sex. But his house is impressive, with three floors."
She said Ronaldo never discussed his plans to sign for Real Madrid with her in detail, but it was clear he wanted to go.
She also suspected him of cheating on her during their time together.
"I was faithful throughout our relationship but I'm not sure about him," she said. "I found text messages in Spanish one day on his mobile phone that made me suspicious."
Ronaldo was said to be furious over claims that Nereida slept with Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos before the couple met.
But in the interview on Spanish TV she insisted she was just friends with the Madrid defender.
She also denied Ronaldo promised to marry her if United won the Champions League, saying: "We never spoke about marriage, ever."
A spokeswoman for Ronaldo refused to comment.