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Ronaldo mentions Sam Kerr and Co in tweet

CR7 tweeting Sam Kerr and Co is the exposure Women's Football needs from men

February 21, 2020 By Juan Aguerrevere
Cristiano Ronaldo unveiled his new Nike Mercurial Dream Speed boots and mentioned three world-class women’s football players in his tweet.

You might not think that Ronaldo mentioning other players in tweets is a big deal, but your perception might change when you learn that his tweets hold the most value in the realm of sports. 

On average, the Portuguese captain makes $868,604 per tweet. So, for him to mention Sam Kerr, Jessica Silva and Barbara Bonansea along with Killian Mbappe is a great example on how men footballers can support women's football.

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Two of these three footballers represented their nations in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup and will now be illuminating the pitch with their new Mercurials. 

After winning the Ballon d'Or, Megan Rapinoe called for the world's best male football players to speak out about racism and sexism on the pitch.

"I want to shout: 'Cristiano, Lionel, Zlatan, help me!'" Rapinoe said. "These big stars do not engage in anything when there are so many problems in men's football.

Ronaldo might not be directly speaking about sexism and racism, but he sure is supporting the women's game by giving light to female players with tweets like this one. The hope is that this becomes a norm in modern day football.

Now, time to get to know the players mentioned.

Sam Kerr – Australia/Chelsea

The Australian captain is probably the most famous player out of the three mentioned. She led the Chicago Red Stars to the NWSL final as the golden boot recipient scoring 18 goals in 2019. Kerr is used to this award given the fact that she's won it five years in a row during her time in the NWSL and the W-League. She is the all-time top scorer for both leagues with 69 goals during her time in the U.S. and 70 in Australia. She made a blockbuster move to Chelsea during winter in a deal worth more than $600,000 a season.

Jessica Silva – Portugal/Olympique Lyon

Ronaldo's compatriot made a name for herself while playing with Levante from 2017-2019. She missed the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 due to an injury suffered in her last training session before the tournament. Silva, nonetheless, is back up on her feet and playing for the most prestigious women's football club in the world, Lyon. 

Barbara Bonansea – Italy/Juventus

Kerr is very familiar with Bonansea. The Italian scored twice against Australia to win the match 2-1 during the group stages of France 2019. She has 61 appearances for Le Azzurre and where she has tallied 21 goals. Bonansea, moreover, has played in Juventus since 2017 and has scored 32 goals in 42 league games. 



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