A kick, a slap, a punch, a red card and some cheeky goading Cristiano Ronaldo of rival patrons, covered several football offenses off on Saturday.
The 29-year old – voted the best player of the world when he was given Fifa’s Ballon d’Or this month – lashed out with seven minutes remaining of Real Madrid’s 2-1 triumph at Cordoba.
A smack followed his dangerous kick from behind on Edimar to the face of the Brazilian and Ronaldo could have seen reddish earlier when he seemed to land a right-hook on defenseman Jose Angel Crespo.
That sin went unpunished but after being blown off for the ninth time in his career, the Portuguese dusted off his World Club Cup victor’ badge as he was taunted by rival fans on his way to the tunnel.
A display of defiance perhaps, however a contrite apology quickly followed: “I apologise to everyone and particularly to Edimar for my thoughtless actions in the current match,” said Ronaldo.
It’s not the very first time the so- frequently glossy and great Ronaldo has participated in an action of violence for fighting competitors and three of the four red cards have been.
Gareth Bale – a player booed for not passing in recent weeks to Ronaldo – netted a late Los Blancos winner to nullify the effect of the red card.
Referee Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez didn’t deem the action to be conduct that is violent Ronaldo is not likely to serve a three-game prohibition which will take on 7 February in the Madrid derby.