Ronaldo wins libel payout from The Daily Telegraph

November 8th, 2010 - 8:48 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Los Angeles, Nov 8 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Portuguese winger and Real Madrid’s most prized player, Cristiano Ronaldo has won a libel payout from the British tabloid, the Daily Telegraph. The paper reported that Ronaldo, who was then a player for Manchester United, was risking his ankle injury by partying and dancing at a Los Angeles nightclub.

The carried was carried by the paper in July 2008 and it was captioned “Ronaldo back in the limelight”. In the report, the paper claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo who was then injured abandoned the clutches that were provided him by the physiotherapists and headed straight to the dance floor with four models. The paper further alleged that the star footballer then helped himself and the models to £10,000 worth of Champaign.

Solicitors for the footballer sued the newspaper for false libel and claimed that the report caused the player an embarrassment. The paper however seemed to have realized that an opted for the case to be settled out of the courts. The newspaper has agreed to pay substantial amount to the player for the damage the report might have caused the player.

The player’s former coach at Manchester United Sir Alex Fergusson commented on the out of case settlement of the case and said that, “The article was entirely false. Cristiano is the consummate professional and he takes his health and fitness very seriously. He is one of the best players I have ever worked with. I was ready and willing to appear as a witness and I am delighted that he has resolved this issue successfully.”

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