FEU striker Rico Andes found love in the football pitch

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 14, 2017 04:34 PM
FEU striker Rico Andes found love in the football pitch
Rico Andes and girlfriend Zhyrelle Belluga both play for the Far Eastern University football program. (Photo courtesy of Rico Andes on Facebook)

Arguably one of the most exciting young prospects in UAAP men's football is FEU's sophomore striker Rico Andes. 

Nothing short of amazing since suiting up for the Tamaraws, Andes is quite possibly the face of the Tamaraws football program in the future. 

Not only did Andes find a home with the men's football team, be as he revealed to ABS-CBN Sports, the young former track runner also found love on the football pitch. 

When asked for his Valentine's Day plans, Andes shared that he might just go on a quick date with his girlfriend Zhyrelle Belluga, but says that they can't take their focus off UAAP football, since they're both on the varsity teams. 

You see, Zhyrelle also reps the gold and green in UAAP women's football. 

Andes says their little love story began in the FEU F.E.R.N. football pitch. 

"Every training, nagkikita kami sa FEU FERN, kasi yung training nila sa umaga, tapos kami hapon. "

And while Zhyrelle may take exception to this, Rico says that it was she, who showed signs first. 

"Una kaming nagka-kilala kasi siya yung unang nagka-gusto sa akin, parang siya yung nagpakita ng initiative," Andes said, while trying to hold back some laughs. "Kaya niligawan ko siya." 

Andes and Belluga have been together for nine months, and being both football players, Andes says that the sport has helped them become a lot more understanding of each other, especially when tempers begin to rise. 

"Yung parehas naming pagiging football player, diyan kami nagkaka-intindihan, kasi nakukuha na namin kung ano yung naiisip ko, naiisip niya, pag nagagalit siya, alam ko na baka pagod lang siya, ganun. "

When it comes to love and football, Andes says that taking things seriously is a major key. 

"Yung larong football talaga, kailangan seryoso, yung sa love life, kailangan din seryoso."

"Kung icocompare ko yung love life sa football, kung meron kang love life, dapat gagawin mo siyang inspiration para maglaro ng football." Andes added. 


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