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Cristiano Ronaldo and Nelson Mandela [Pictures]

Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo Meets Nelson Mandela  Portugal football star player Cristiano Ronaldo posed with Nelson Mandela at his home in Houghton on June 9, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Getty Images)more pics »Cristiano Ronaldo with young fans (Getty Images)Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most popular footballers on the planet.  He's a star winger for English Premier League team Manchester United. Ronaldo plays this week in World Cup 2010 as the captainof the Portuguese national team.

Cristiano Ronaldo had the honor and priviledge of meeting Nelson Mandela on June 9th in Johannesburg. 

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Unfortunately Mandela was not able to attend the opening match today because of a family trgedy.  Thirteen-year-old Zenani Mandela, a great-granddaughter of the former South African President,  was killed in a car accident after attending Thursday's World Cup kickoff concert in Soweto.


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