The Washington Post

Watch Cristiano Ronaldo impersonate Michael Jackson on Japanese TV

Cristiano Ronaldo stays pretty in Japan. (Issei Kato/Reuters)

Leave it to the nation who brought the world “Tore,” a Japanese game show that asks its contestants to answer trivia questions WHILE BEING MUMMIFIED, to bring us a clip of Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo imitating Michael Jackson. (Make sure to turn the sound on.)

Why the Real Madrid star impersonated the King of Pop remains a mystery, but why he did a lot of things on television while in Japan the last couple of days is also dumbfounding.

Take this 12-minute clip, for instance. Ronaldo looks simultaneously amused and terrified while the hosts give him flowers, tote out a life-size cutout to talk about his abs in a language he doesn’t understand, demonstrate some strange fitness equipment, including a facial exerciser that looks like a seagull flapping around in a dude’s mouth and… well, it’s better to just watch it.

Is this real life? Yes. Ronaldo is in Japan being promoted as the new face of healthcare brand MTG, Daily Mail reports.

“I think Japan is a fantastic country, fantastic people,” the star said via the British newspaper. “I had the opportunity to be here before and I know the fans here. They are amazing.”

Ronaldo’s latest trip may have been awkward, but apparently it was a lot of fun.

(H/t: SBNation)

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Next Story
Cindy Boren · July 24, 2014

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.