Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo says he agrees with Portugal's new gay marriage law.

When asked about the recently approved gay marriage law in Portugal, the world's most expensive football player said everyone should enjoy the same rights.

“As I am Portuguese, I try to keep myself informed about what is happening in my country,” Ronaldo, whose complete name is Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, told Portugal's Ipsilon.pt. “We must respect the choices of each other, because, after all, all citizens should have the same rights and responsibilities.”

The 25-year-old Ronaldo, who first joined an amateur football team at the age of eight, plays as a forward for the Spanish club Real Madrid. He also serves as captain of the Portuguese national team.

In 2009, Real Madrid paid over $132 million to acquire Ronaldo from the UK's Manchester United, making him the highest-paid football player in the world, according to the BBC.

Ronaldo claims he does not drink because his father, Jose Dinis Aveiro, died an early dead at 52 from alcoholism. But UK daily the Daily Mirror reported in 2008 that the sports star was drinking heavily in a nightclub.

Portugal's gay marriage law takes effect Monday, June 7.