Following the recent legalisation of same-sex marriage in Portugal, footballer and sex-symbol Cristiano Ronaldo has said that he supports the new law.

In an interview with Púbilico newspaper, Ronaldo spoke about his frustration with his first six months playing for Spain’s Real Madrid.

He was also asked to comment on the issue of gay marriage in Portugal.

“I try to keep informed about what is happening in my country,” the 25 year old Portuguese soccer star told the newspaper.

“I know the law was passed and the comment it deserves is that we must respect the choices made by anyone, because, after all, all citizens should have the exact same rights and responsibilities,” he said.

Considering that the soccer world has often been criticised for its homophobia, Ronaldo’s comments are a breath of fresh air for many in the LGBT community.

The footballer will be playing for Portugal in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which kicks off in South Africa this month.

Portugal’s legalisation of same-sex marriage was approved in parliament on 8 January and signed into law by the president on 17 May.

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