In a move that stunned football fans and Olympic aficionados worldwide, the captain of the now-defeated Portuguese national football team, Cristiano Ronaldo, has declared his dream to represent his country at the Olympics in diving. Portugal was defeated 3-2 by Germany in Basel, Switzerland at the European Championships, vaulting the German team into the semi-finals.
The right winger for Manchester United said "I always loved diving, and I always hoped to show my talent to the world."
When asked why he would not play football "I am considered a professional in my sport, but the world believes that I am an amateur at diving. I want to show them otherwise."
He is certainly not the first professional athlete to switch vocations at the prime of his career; Michael Schumacher left Formula One after an illustrious career and seven world titles, and is now looking at motorbikes but insists that is only a hobby.
Ronaldo has certainly hinted that he will not take diving as a full time job, just as a hobby.
When asked what he thought the biggest difference was with diving at the Olympics vs. the football pitch, he said "your opponent does not get a red card if you fake an injury at the Olympics."
The last time Portugal had a diver in the Olympics was in 1984 when the games were held in Los Angeles.
Due to the short notice and controversy that has spurred, Ronaldo's application to represent his country was fast-tracked and he will now take to the parade of athletes in Beijing come August 8. The announcement has spurred TV stations around the world to increase the coverage of diving since they are expecting the highest ever ratings for the sport, with both football fans and anxious females hoping to get a glimpse of one of the best looking sportsmen in a speedo.
So what is Cristiano Ronaldo, the right-winger of Manchester United expecting and which diving event does he want to do? "I only want gold and nothing else. But I am not sure whether I can do well in the three metre or the 10 metre springboard."
Disclaimer: This article is meant for humorous purposes only and should not be taken seriously!