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Cristiano Ronaldo, right, arrives with his girlfriend Irina Shayk, left, on the red carpet prior to the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo, right, arrives with his girlfriend Irina Shayk, left, on the red carpet prior to the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2013

Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo (R) kisses his girlfriend Irina Shayk during the match between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer of Spain on day seven of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at the Caja Magica  on May 10, 2013 in Madrid, Spain

Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo (R) kisses his girlfriend Irina Shayk during the match between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer of Spain on day seven of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at the Caja Magica on May 10, 2013 in Madrid, Spain

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Cristiano Ronaldo, right, arrives with his girlfriend Irina Shayk, left, on the red carpet prior to the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo may have had reason to be eyeing up our Stephanie Roche at the Ballon d'Or awards as reports have emerged that he has split with his girlfriend.

The soccer superstar has separated from Irina Shayk, his supermodel girlfriend of three years.

Absent

The model was a notable absence from the high-profile Ballon d'Or event on Tuesday which saw Dublin footballer Stephanie Roche come second place in the FIFA Puskas Award in goal of the year. A representative for Irina said that she didn't attend due to "work commitments".

"[The Ballon d'Or] didn't fit in with her work schedule. It was because of work commitments. We have no further comment to make," the spokesperson said.

The couple began dating in 2011, and although Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo first reported the news, neither have confirmed the split publicly.

Russian model Irina unfollowed her beau on Twitter and is currently sunning herself on a tropical beach, sharing photos with fans (left).

Just weeks ago, the Russian model reportedly fell out with the Real Madrid star's mum over Christmas plans.

The couple are notoriously private, but they made an exception last summer when they posed together for the cover of Spanish Vogue.

While they made the long-distance relationship work, the Sports Illustrated cover girl previously gushed that the Portugese athlete was her biggest fan.

"I'm enjoying my relationship. [Cristiano] is the perfect supporter and he is always by my side and he knows how to make me happy," she previously said.

"I understand him perfectly well and he understands my job which is something very important to me. I love my profession and traveling, so I need my partner to understand what I'm doing."

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