CR7: on track for title of world’s best player as South Korea launches no-show fraud investigation
CR7 – Portugal’s best loved footballer once more in the running for the world’s best player accolade – is back in the news today for ‘all the wrong reasons’.
South Korean police have reportedly raided the office of a South Korean marketing agency as part of a fraud investigation into Ronaldo’s ‘no show’ in a friendly played between Juventus and South Korea’s K-League selection last month.
The game has become the subject of lawsuits issued by disgruntled fans after Ronaldo remained on the bench for the entirety of the game, despite promoters having said he was contractually obligated to play at least 45 minutes.
More than 65,000 tickets costing up to $330 had been sold for the July 26 game, which was organized by marketing agency The Fasta.
The Fasta claims it has “lodged a complaint with Juventus over their breach of contract”, while the club’s manager has explained his star player was out of commission due to “muscle fatigue.”
The affair “has damaged the reputation of Juventus in South Korea”, say reports, while in Portugal the press seems less than concerned with ructions in Asia, and more taken with the chance of yet another accolade for the athlete with the ‘golden boots’.
A decision on the FIFA “Best Men’s Player Award 2019” will be announced later this month, with the list of nominees now open to online voting.