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Cristiano Ronaldo Defends Boy's Portuguese In Front Of Laughing Crowd

05/06/2015 02:40 pm ET | Updated May 07, 2015

Cristiano Ronaldo is renowned for his abilities on the attack. But when it counts, he's a solid defender, too.

The Real Madrid soccer superstar was in Japan last year representing MTG, a Japanese wellness and beauty manufacturer. At a press event for the company, a young Japanese boy asked him a question in Portuguese, Ronaldo's native language. The boy's delivery elicited laughter from the crowd -- but Ronaldo wasn't having it.

A video of the encounter that surfaced on Monday shows the surprisingly touching moment.

"Why they smile? Why?" Ronaldo asks the translator, pointing at the crowd. "He speaks good Portuguese. Very good."

"They should be happy because he tried very hard," he continues, as the crowd immediately goes quiet. "It's good."

It's safe to say Ronaldo knows a thing or two about embarrassment, given that this was one of the products he helped promote:

No, really:

When the crowd turns on you, it's nice to know Cristiano Ronaldo has your back.

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