Staggering temperatures near 100 degrees this past weekend didn’t stop ardent soccer enthusiasts from pounding the pavement to greet the internationally famous Real Madrid for their Sunday exhibition match against the D.C. United before a crowd of 72,368 at FedEx Field. (By the way, the out-of-towners bested the home team 3-0.)
Late on Saturday night, however, G2 saw scores of fans camped outside on the sidewalk in front of the Sofitel — the hotel where Real Madrid players Cristiano Ronaldo and Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite (also known by his nickname, Kaka) — were staying for the evening, with a burly security guard posted at the elevator to keep nosy reporters and crazy fans at bay.
G2 talked to one father who traveled three hours with his three young sons in hope that they might get a photograph or just a glimpse of Kaka and Ronaldo, known as well for their multimillion-dollar contracts along with their athletic prowess. The gentleman told us they had been on the sidewalk for going on six hours.
Kaka and Ronaldo arrived Saturday morning, and that night, the two ventured out of the hotel for a party at the W Hotel where VIP’s like Dr. Andy Baldwin, former star of ABC’s “The Bachelor”; Katherine Kennedy of the upcoming series “Blond Charity Mafia”; and Heather A. Higginbottom, deputy assistant to the president for domestic policy, turned up for a piece of soccer mania. According to D.C. United’s VIP guest list, Presidential Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was also in the house.
True to character, Kaka gamely posed for pictures and signed autographs at the party, but his colleague Ronaldo’s “too-cool-for-school” attitude was not lost on the attendees.
Jet lag or arrogance, we wonder?
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