01 July 2008
Cristiano Ronaldo wins libel damages
Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has secured libel damages from a UK newspaper.
The Manchester United player and Portuguese international sued the News Group Newspapers over a story which was published in February.
In the article, it was alleged that the 23-year-old had been fined £8,000 by manager Alex Fergusson for using a mobile phone on the pitch during a training session.
During a recent hearing at London's high court, Ronaldo accepted a public apology and an undisclosed sum.
Commenting on his legal case, he said: "I felt it necessary to bring this action in order to protect my reputation as a professional footballer.
"Contrary to the impression the article gave, I take training very seriously and do not want people to think I do not try my best in training."
Ronaldo added that he is pleased he has been successful and he will donate the damages he receives to a charity.