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Cristiano Ronaldo picks his Audi, and it’s a keeper

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Deputy editor of BBC Autos, Jonathan was formerly the editor of The New York Times' Wheels blog. His automotive writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Details, Surface, Intersection and Design Observer. He has an affinity for the Citroën DS and Toyota pickup trucks of the early 1990s.

RS6 Ronaldo

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To masseurs, nutritionists, security guards and truckloads of cash, chalk up another perk to being a professional footballer: a box-fresh Audi.

The Ingolstadt, Germany-based automaker has had a relationship with Spain’s Real Madrid club for 10 years. As per tradition, the team’s roster gets its pick of preselected loaner cars for the season, complete with favourable purchase options at the end of the year.

On 29 November, the official hand-over of vehicles occurred at the Hipódromo de la Zarzuela horse-racing track on the outskirts of the Spanish capital.

Though no longer the highest-paid player on his squad, having relinquished that title to Gareth Bale in September, Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo exhibited admirable car savvy by choosing the most expensive car of the bunch, a 552-horsepower RS6 Avant.

Ronaldo was also something of a contrarian on his club. Of the 24 vehicles dispensed, 12 were Q7 sport crossovers. Newsflash: professional athletes like SUVs.

The complete list follows:

IIker Casillas:                        Audi Q7 3.0 TDI
Cristiano Ronaldo:                  Audi RS6 Avant
Gareth Bale:                          Audi Q7 3.0 TDI
Sergio Ramos:                       Audi RS5
Carlo Ancelotti:                      Audi A8 4.2 TDI
Pepe:                                    Audi Q7 3.0 TDI
Marcelo:                                Audi Q7 3.0 TDI
Xabi Alonso:                          Audi S7
Isco:                                     Audi Q7 3.0 TDI
Álvaro Arbeloa:                      Audi SQ5
Karim Benzema:                     Audi SQ5
Diego López:                          Audi Q5 3.0 TDI
Asier Illarramendi:                 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI
Fabio Coentrao:                     Audi Q7 3.0 TDI
Sami Khedira:                        Audi Q7 3.0 TDI
Rafael Varane:                       Audi S3 Sportback
Carvajal:                               Audi Q5 3.0 TDI
Álvaro Morata:                      Audi SQ5
Ángel Di María:                      Audi Q7 3.0 TDI
Casemiro:                             Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI
Jesé:                                    Audi Q7 3.0 TDI
Nacho:                                  Audi Q7 3.0 TDI
Luca Modric:                          Audi Q7 3.0 TDI
Jesús Fernández:                   Audi A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI

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