By Cindy Lau
Meet the Danish teenager who spends thousands of pounds emulating his hero Cristiano Ronaldo.
Shanta who even uses the surname Ronaldo with friends and family has made five separate pilgrimages to Madrid to meet his idol in 2015 alone.
The 17-year-old styles himself on the Real Madrid and Portugal footballer, even buying the same outfits as him.
Shanta, from Odense, Denmark, said: “My obsession for Cristiano is enormous.
“I’ve no idea how much I’ve spent emulating him it’s definitely in the thousands though.
“The reason I wanted to get a life like him is that he is rich, famous and living the life!”
Shanta started following the life of the former Manchester United footballer when he signed for Real Madrid in 2009.
He started out by buying each of Ronaldo’s shirts, but has since developed his obsession into following his fashion sense.
Shanta has even started making regular pilgrimages to Madrid to visit his idol at the club’s training ground, Valdebedas.
He said: “I’ve met him for a couple of times and I can’t explain such a fantastic person he is.
“He used his time very good for me where we spoke a lot.
“I waited every day at Valdebebas from 9am to 2pm just to see him.
“Now, he knows me it means every time I go to Madrid I can meet him, which I am so proud of.
“Wherever, CR7 goes I’m with him. He even knows it himself.
“I try to visit him as soon as possible.
“I’m already planning my next trip which is very soon.”
Shanta has even had trials with the Real Madrid academy in October 2014 and more than 14,000 people follow Shanta’s life on Twitter, with a further 8,800 following him on Instagram.
He funds his trips to see Cristiano using a combination of both his and his parent’s money.
Shanta said: “He’s not just my passion, but he motivates me.
“All my friends, my family call me Cristiano Ronaldo.
“They know my passion and respect it.
“Some may think I’m crazy, but that’s the way I am.
“People tell me, ‘be yourself’ but I cannot be myself more than I am now.”