Cristiano Ronaldo's former Real Madrid pal Fabio Coentrao now works as a fisherman after hanging up his boots

FABIO COENTRAO is living the dream working as a fisherman after hanging up his boots.

The 52-cap former Portugal international, still only 33, retired following a spell at Rio Ave at the end of last season.

A good friend of Cristiano Ronaldo following their time together at Real Madrid – and on the international scene – Coentrao's career has taken a very different direction.

While 36-year-old Ronaldo continues to strive for greatness, now back at Manchester United, the former left-back is pursuing his own dream to work at sea.

Coentrao bought his first boat during his playing days – with his vessel even rescuing 15 fishermen from a sinking ship.

And now the ex-Real, Benfica and Sporting Lisbon ace is working full time at sea.

Coentrao told Empower Brands Channel: "Life in the sea is not a shame, as many people think.

"It is a job like any other.

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"Not only that, the sea is beautiful and we need it.

"It has that there are people working here and the profession should be respected like any other."

Talking about his 'dream' job, Coentrao continued: "People who love the sea and who want to experience the sea need to follow their dream.

"It is also a job for the new generations. My father had a boat, he used to fish and always went with him as a child.

"My life was the sea… the sea and fishing.

"Of course, I knew that football would one day end and that I should take a new direction in my life.

"And my happiness is this boat and this is the life I want to lead."

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