Cristiano Ronaldo suffered a brain fart when he launched himself into a group of police in China as a pitch invader was hunted down during Juventus’ training session in Nanjing.
Just days out from Juventus’ International Champions’ Cup clash with Inter Milan in the Chinese city, the Portugal megastar seized his moment to jump into the backs of two security staff, as they were preoccupied dragging the streaker off the pitch.
A video shows the 34-year-old running in and then jumping with two feet into the group of police and security protecting Juventus players from the pitch invader.
While one member of the security staff seemed perplexed at having the biggest star in sport jump onto his back, Ronaldo himself, seemed to think it was hilarious.
As he looked back to see how his teammates reacted to his gag, many were happy to have a laugh, despite the bizarre scenes.
The poor pitch invader got to enjoy a brief moment up close with the star-studded squad, but it was nothing like the reception Ronaldo gave to another pitch invader on Monday morning (AEST) during Juventus’ match with Tottenham in Singapore.
One Juventus fan with a Ronaldo jersey walked from the opposite side of the stadium, streaking across the middle of the field to see Ronaldo up close and personal as he sat on the bench.
Ronaldo then waived away security and greeted the ecstatic young fan with a high five before prompting him to sit down on the Juventus bench and enjoy the rest of the match.
Security were none the wiser as the youngster slipped past in the final 15 minutes of Juve’s 3-2 defeat, The Sun reports.
He made a beeline for the Portuguese superstar and held a long conversation with him, as well as teammates Idrissa Toure and Leonardo Bonucci — who he sat at the feet of as the game played out.
After the final whistle, coach Maurizio Sarri paid tribute to the moment at Singapore’s National Stadium.
He told reporters: “I thought security was going to come for him.
“When it is a kid it is not a pitch invasion, it is a moment of joy.”
Tottenham won the match 3-2 after a Harry Kane wondergoal from near the halfway line.
RONALDO SEXUAL ASSAULT INVESTIGATION CLOSED
Cristiano Ronaldo won’t face criminal charges after a woman accused the soccer star of raping her in his suite at a Las Vegas resort more than 10 years ago, a top prosecutor said Monday.
A new investigation by Las Vegas police failed to show that Kathryn Mayorga’s claim could be proven at trial beyond a reasonable doubt, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said.
“Therefore, no charges will be forthcoming,” Wolfson said in a statement. The decision represented a victory on one of two legal tracks tied to the 2009 allegation against one of the most recognisable and highly paid players in sports.
In a lawsuit still pending in federal court, Mayorga alleges that she was pressured to sign an agreement to keep quiet in exchange for $375,000.
Her lawyers want to void the deal and collect at least $200,000 more from Ronaldo. Ronaldo’s attorneys have acknowledged that the soccer star and Mayorga had consensual sex in June 2009, but they denied it was rape. Attorney Peter Christiansen was travelling Monday and wasn’t immediately available to comment. Attorneys for Mayorga, a former model and school teacher, did not immediately respond to telephone, text and email messages.
The Associated Press generally does not name people who say they are victims of sexual assault, but Mayorga gave consent through her lawyers to make her name public.
Her lawsuit says she met Ronaldo at a nightclub and went with him and other people to his suite at the Palms Hotel and Casino, where he assaulted her in a bedroom. Afterward, she signed a non-disclosure agreement under pressure from “fixers” trying to protect Ronaldo’s reputation, her lawyer, Leslie Mark Stovall, has said.
The lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas accuses Ronaldo or those working for him of conspiracy, defamation, breach of contract, coercion and fraud for allegedly allowing terms of the settlement to become public in European publications.
Her attorneys say Mayorga never wanted her name released but became worried that she would be identified after a 2017 media report apparently referred to the encounter.
Her lawyers have said in federal court documents that they were having trouble personally serving Ronaldo with legal filings. A judge has given them an October 28 deadline.
— with AP