The split between Cristiano Ronaldo and Irina Shayk has been heavily linked to the unconfirmed growing romance between the model and actor/WWE Superstar The Rock.

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Ronaldo caused stirs of emotional distress and signs of frustration on the pitch against Cordoba on Saturday with an off-the-ball challenge on Brazilian defender, Edimar; an unRonaldo-like attitude which earned him a straight red.

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Tongues wagged, fingers pointed to the break-up which was just two weeks old, as the cause for his outburst.

As the 2015 Royal Rumble begins, Twitter users paired up Ronaldo and The Rock, with reference to his fighting tactic on Saturday.