Though, of course, it’s not the first time he’s been invited to one of these gatherings. It’s at Gerard’s house today. There have been many, by now, the players all taking turns at hosting (and Mascherano always, always cooks), but the people are always the same. It’s a small group—the inner core of Barcelona, perhaps. And Cristiano is growing to feel more comfortable with every moment he spends with them. Suárez and Sofi, Mascherano and Fernanda, Gerard and Shakira, Iniesta and Anna, Busquets and Elena…
And all their kids.
Not that Cristiano has ever had an issue with the kids.
Except maybe Milan Piqué.
Poor guy’s had it out for Cristiano ever since he started dating Leo. Tonight was no exception. Cristiano had smiled and waved and held his hand out for a high five, but Milan had growled and shouted, “Visça Barça!” before running away in a fit of giggles with Benjamin Suárez and Paolo Iniesta.