The Paris Saint-Germain sporting director popped the question to bewildered anchorwoman Anna Billo as he was interviewed by Sky Sport Italia following the Champions League draw
The Ligue 1 leaders were paired with tournament favourites Barcelona as the ties of the last eight were drawn at Uefa's headquarters in Switzerland, but rather than focus on his side's upcoming clash, the sporting director took his chance to propose to girlfriend Anna Billo during an interview with Sky Sport Italia.
As anchorwoman Billo orchestrated the chat with the former AC Milan star, he was asked by the reporter in Nyon whether he had any questions for the studio panel, at which point he chose to pop the question.
A bewildered Billo broke out in nervous laughter, stating: "What kind of question is that? OK, let's move on," prompting Leonardo to ask that most dreaded of follow-up questions: "Is that a yes?"
"OK, yes, we'll talk at home," she replied, before describing the whole toe-curling moment as "crazy" after the ex-Brazil international suggested a double ceremony in his homeland and Milan.
Strange as it may seem, this is not the only high-profile on-air proposal involving French football: in 2008, then-national boss Raymond Domenech stated his desire to marry talkshow-host girlfriend Estelle Denis, despite having just guided les Bleus to the bottom of Group C following a 2-0 defeat to Italy.
Albert Einstein is once claimed to have said: “Some men spend a lifetime in an attempt to comprehend the complexities of women. Others preoccupy themselves with somewhat simpler tasks, such as understanding the theory of relativity." Given the confounding response he received following Friday's proposal, you wonder if Leonardo might better be served figuring out how to beat Barcelona on April 2.