08 November 2010
Cristiano Ronaldo makes successful libel compensation claim against Daily Telegraph
Cristiano Ronaldo has been awarded an undisclosed compensation sum for libel from a newspaper after an article falsely accused him of professional negligence.
The Daily Telegraph has been ordered to pay the Portuguese international footballer after it published a piece in July 2008 entitled "Ronaldo back in the limelight", in which it was intimated that he endangered the speed of his comeback from a football injury by going out and "living it up" in a Hollywood nightclub.
It was reported that Ronaldo - who moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid for a world record transfer fee of £80 million in the summer of 2009 - "headed straight for" the club, where he then danced with models despite being medically advised to remain on crutches.
The article went on to state that the sports star then purchased "£10,000 worth of Cristal champagne".
However, these allegations have now proved to have been false and Ronaldo released a statement in which he said: "I am delighted with this outcome. I take enormous pride in my professionalism. I treat my training and recovery from injury very seriously and would never have drunk and danced in a nightclub without my crutches."
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Posted by Richard Saunders