Cristiano Ronaldo: I am a champion

The 27-year-old is currently taking a break in Thailand, but he is still doing some promotional work for his sponsors before the new season kicks off
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo took his holiday in Thailand to promote Toyota's new compact pickup truck.

The Portugal international has been relaxing in the Asian country following Euro 2012, and in recent days he has posted several pictures on his Facebook account of his vacation with his Russian model girlfriend Irina Shayk.

The 27-year-old shot a TV commercial for Toyota to promote its new pickup truck, called Hilux Vigo Champ, while signing a new sponsorship deal with the Japanese-based company.

"This car is a champ, I am a champ and together we work well," Ronaldo said.

"When I watch on TV how people are passionate about football here, it is incredible. Thank you all."

Real Madrid began preparations for the new season on Monday, but it is believed that Ronaldo will join up with the rest of the squad on July 28, in time for the club's pre-season tour of the United States.