Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 4/18/13
Irina Shayk is best known for her photogenic beauty, but her respect and class is just as impressive. In a recent red-carpet interview at an MTV-sponsored party in Athens, Greece, the 28-year-old model Shayk — who has been dating Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo since May of 2010 — was presented with a Lionel Messi Barcelona jersey and a pair of scissors. The interviewer gave Shayk the opportunity to show her support for her boyfriend by shredding Messi’s iconic Barcelona jersey, but the Russian beauty refused. “No, this is your thing, you have to do it,” Shayk said to the reporter. “Do it yourself.” He did. Shayk’s buff beau Ronaldo might soon have the chance to face off against Messi if both Real Madrid and Barcelona advance beyond the UEFA Champions League semifinals next week. Messi will no doubt appreciate Shayk’s kind gesture, but that won’t affect his tenacity in trying to capture the Champions League trophy. Until then, let’s hope that these demonstrations of respect continue to grow in a game so often plagued by controversy and ugly behavior. Watch Shayk’s awkward denial of the reporter’s bizarre request in the video below. Have a soccer question? Send it to us via Twitter at @NESNsoccer, NESN Soccer’s Facebook page or send it here. Feature image via Twitter/@WeAreMadrid10
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