Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo has been given a dressing down over the “constant trips” he has been making to Morocco to frolic by the pool with his kick-boxer friend Badr Hari.
According to Spanish newspaper ‘El Español’, CR7 has been told in no uncertain terms that they have to stop.
Concerned about his performance on the field, club president Florentino Peréz has made it a condition of Ronaldo staying on at Real Madrid – where his €17 million a year contract is not due to expire until 2018.
Indeed Peréz is believed to have asked the help of the King Mohammed VI of Morocco to ensure Ronaldo doesn’t disobey the orders.
This is not the first story in connection with Ronaldo’s frequent “escapadinhas” (little escapes) to the North African country.
The “controversial friendship” between Badr Hari and Ronaldo hit the popular press in October last year, suggesting the pair enjoyed “frequent cuddles” – a fact borne out by multiple images posted on social media.
And in December the UK’s Mirror featured a colourful splash of chummy photos, quoting French TV pundit Daniel Riolo saying: “I am sure flying off to Morocco three or four times a week to see a friend and cuddle with him might have an impact on his performances eventually.”
Thus Real Madrid’s red card was on the horizon.
Ronaldo’s last season was “marked with highs and lows”, explains Correio da Manhã taking up the story today, but the real problem is that Badr Hari is no Boy Scout.
He is considered a dangerous individual and has been accused of various crimes, claims CM.
Last month, CR7’s mother Dolores Aveiro told reporters that she was “worried” about her son’s relationship with Badr Hari and wished things were different.
But with the whiff of dubious sexuality on the horizon, CM has stressed that one of the reasons for the many jaunts is Ronaldo’s new ‘conquest’, 22-year-old model Melanie Martins.
Whatever the case, CR7’s private jet – bought in November for a reported €19 million, so that he could commute back and forth at short notice – looks like it may be in for a rest.