An exhibit of underwear worn by Portuguese celebrities, which included an item donated by Manchester United’s teenage football star Cristiano Ronaldo, wrapped up after causing traffic to surge at a small gallery in northern Portugal.

Nearly 1,000 people have poured through the doors of “Galeria Espaco t” in Oporto, Portugal’s second-largest city, since the exhibit opened on November 14, more than three times normal attendance, spokesman Leonel Moraes said.

Among the 30 items which went on display were lingerie from veteran fashion designer Ana Salazar, underwear from Brazilian psychic Simara and a G-string belonging to television comedian Rui Unas which he claims has never been used.

But one of the biggest draws was a pair of football shorts given to the gallery by Ronaldo which the football star wore during matches he played while part of the Portuguese national squad, Moraes said.

“It drew in many people, he is really someone who can draw a crowd, a real icon,” Moraes told AFP.

The underwear exhibit was modelled after a successful exhibit of celebrity shoes held eight years ago and was part of the gallery’s 10-year anniversary.