Cristiano Ronaldo has awards, generously endowed statues, and even entire museums honoring him and now, just in case his ego needed a bit more of a boost, he also has a Canadian university course centered around him.
Taught by associate professor Luis Aguiar, the University of British Columbia Okanagan sociology course is more than just a celebration of the three-time Ballon d’Or winner and global icon, though.
“Ronaldo is the center and every discussion, class meeting revolves around Ronaldo initially,” says Aguiar. “And then we explore — we broaden out to larger themes. So it starts with Ronaldo, but Ronaldo is almost like a springboard to talk about larger issues that are much more sociologically significant than just a biography of Ronaldo.”
According to one student, the course was originally billed as a study of “global citizenship” and Aguiar only informed those who signed up of the Ronaldo focus once they were in their seats.
Since the class has gotten coverage in Portugal, Aguiar says that he hopes to have Ronaldo himself Skype into the class and talk to the students at some point.
Anyway, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has already decided that there will be no classes about Ronaldo at Zlatan University.