Name: Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro
Nickname: Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano is one of the world’s biggest soccer stars. His one of Forbes top earning athletes, and is always the person to fear if your on the opposing team. But what happens when you give a lower middle class 16 year, from the back streets of Portugal to 30 million Euros a year, and signed him to one of the most popular teams in Europe?
To sum it up, he said it best when recently asked “Why do you think soccer fans don’t like you?”
His response: “I believe people are envious of me. They do not like me because I am rich, and ridiculously good looking.”
Sudden Wealth Syndrome:
SWS is a syndrome afflicting individuals who have come into a large amount of money. This syndrome entails adjustment problems and its effects on oneself, those around him/her, and the patients perception of society. The syndrome can include fear of isolation from former friend, and an opposing counter reaction of distancing, guilt over the good fortune, and lastly, extreme fear of losing all the wealth.
Cristiano has done a couple of things that make him a perfect candidate for this syndrome. First he build a mega-mansion for him, and all his friends and family. He wants them to live together in his property, even as he resides over seas. His goal is for him to be surrounded by those he has loved and trusted throughout the years, even if its at his expense. This could be rather costly, as we have all seen in the examples of MC Hammer, Mike Tyson, and other celebrities do the same and lose their fortune. It was not until recently, that he started challenging people on smooching off of him, and asking them to leave.
About three years ago, he started to feel rather guilty for all the money wasted. He started to remember the days of poverty in his youth. So in exchange he now gives back to children of the needy community. In his mind, he would look at these children, baffled and quilted out as to why he was picked to have this good fortune.
Lastly, more into this last year, he started realizing that money does not last forever. Making sure that the investments that are made with his money are promising, viable, and with great returns. This third one is usually expressed after a significant stresser exposure in life. In Ronald’s case was his a son born after a one night stand.
Not all people who received a large amount of cash display these symptoms. Usually the greater the difference in wealth attained from previous lifestyle, increases the amount of signs and severity of symptoms displayed by the patient.
With time, and decrease wealth, this syndrome dissipate, and are overtaken by other syndromes.