Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Kristen's Artwork Scores with Superstar Ronaldo

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Kristen's Artwork Scores with Superstar Ronaldo

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Byline: Lisa Hutchinson Reporter

WHEN talented schoolgirl artist Kristen Barwick drew a picture of heart-throb footballer Cristiano Ronaldo she never thought it would end up in his museum in Madeira.

Chosen from thousands of fans' artwork, Kristen's drawing of the football star caught his eye and he picked it for the CR7 Museum, opened in December in his home town of Funchal - dedicated to himself and his achievements.

Now Kristen, of Morpeth, Northumberland, has visited the museum and has seen her picture on display in person. And when she was there a strange twist of fate saw her picture being signed by the soccer star himself.

"I couldn't believe it when I found out my picture was in Ronaldo's museum and then to get him to sign it was a dream come true," said Kristen, 14, a pupil at King Edward VI School in Morpeth.

Kristen's story started at the end of 2012 when she sent her drawing to Ronaldo at Real Madrid. Along with her drawing she enclosed a letter asking him to prove her brother wrong for wasting her time as he said the world class footballer would never reply. Throughout 2013 she heard nothing, and it was almost forgotten about.

But she was then contacted by a stranger on twitter on January 6 this year saying: "I saw your letter in Ronaldo's museum in Madeira, and I thought you might like to know".

Mum Karen, 49, said: "Although Kristen had put her twitter user name on her drawing it still seemed a bit incredulous.

We were a little sceptical, and wanted confirmation as she had been contacted direct and not by the museum.

"Kristen's cousin's fiance speaks Portuguese, and we asked if he could make some enquiries to validate the story. He contacted the Madeiran tourist board, who confirmed that the CR7 Museum had just opened and that her drawing was definitely there. …

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