One of the world's greatest footballers Cristiano Ronaldo has had a horse named after him with Crseven owned by Phoenix Thoroughbreds set to make his debut in the winter over in Dubai.
Crseven, which is named after the footballers brand CR7, is yet to be raced but will be trained by Salem bin Ghadayer and will be looking to make a start on the track at Meydan and if being anything like the player he could have a very long and amazing career.
The juvenile colt was bought in America, the son of American Pharaoh will run for the ladies-only part of the Phoenix syndicate.
He will be along the four year old for the same connections and trainer, Gronkowski who is best known for finishing an extremely narrow second in the Dubai World Cup when last seen and he is named after ex-NFL player Rob Gronkowski.
(Credit Racing Post) Explaining the naming of Crseven, Pamela Cordina, representing the syndicate, said: "It was the boss's [Amer Abdulaziz] idea and our ladies loved it. He enjoys watching top-class sport and has a lot of admiration for the athletes involved so likes to pay tribute to them.
"Most people will be aware of Gronkowski but Phoenix Thoroughbreds also have Lebron J close to making a debut in the States. Racing might be the only place you get to have a top-class NFL player, training alongside a leading soccer player while one of the best ever basketball players also represents the same team!"
Connections are hoping that Crseven will be out on track before the end of the year but more likely to be in December with Cordina adding: "He's [Ghadayer] really happy with how our colt is progressing, he tells us he's working really well and will be ready to race soon.
"With luck, he has inherited some of his father's talent and although he's from the same family as multiple Grade 1 winner Quality Road, we're trying not to get carried away. We'll see where we are after he makes his debut and take it from there. Let's hope he can win a fraction of the honours his human counterpart has won."