Ron­aldo lam­bastes me­dia ‘cam­paigns’ against him

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - FOOTBALL -

MADRID: Real Madrid su­per­star Cristiano Ron­aldo claimed he had to over­come me­dia “cam­paigns” against him to win FIFA’s in­au­gu­ral “The Best” prize for the world’s best player in 2016.

Ron­aldo lifted the award at a star-stud­ded cer­e­mony in Zurich Mon­day af­ter a glit­ter­ing year on the pitch saw him lead Madrid to Cham­pi­ons League glory and cap­tain Por­tu­gal to their first ever ma­jor in­ter­na­tional tri­umph at Euro 2016.

How­ever, Ron­aldo’s year was blighted by re­ports from an in­ter­na­tional con­sor­tium of me­dia or­ga­ni­za­tions in De­cem­ber that claimed a huge data leak in­volv­ing 18 mil­lion doc­u­ments showed the Por­tuguese hid 150 mil­lion euros ($160 mil­lion) from im­age rights in the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands.

Ron­aldo, 31, has strongly de­nied all claims of wrong­do­ing.

“There were many doubts, many cam­paigns against me from in­side and out­side foot­ball,” Ron­aldo told Span­ish ra­dio sta­tion COPE.

“They wanted to hit me from all sides and the truth is The Best was The Best and that is me, so I am very happy. They wanted me to feel bad, but as I have said, ‘He who owes noth­ing, fears noth­ing in life.’ As al­ways, I have shut up a few mouths once again.”

The Span­ish tax au­thor­i­ties have com­mit­ted to in­ves­ti­gat­ing the al­le­ga­tions against Ron­aldo and a se­ries of other Span­ish-based sports stars named in the “Foot­ball Leaks” in­ves­ti­ga­tion. How­ever, the four­time World Player of the Year in­sists he is calm and be­lieves jus­tice will be done in his fa­vor.

“It both­ers me be­cause when you do things well, when you help a lot of peo­ple and I am go­ing to men­tion the award for char­ity work, which is one of the best awards I have in my mu­seum.

“I have helped so many peo­ple and you do so many good things, but peo­ple want to hit you to cam­ou­flage the bad things that oth­ers do.

“It both­ered me and it con­tin­ues to bother me, but jus­tice is al­ways done in the end and so we are go­ing to wait and see what hap­pens.” –

Ron­aldo claims his award: “The Best was The Best and that is me.”

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