01 August 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo hits back at critics a day after court appearance over tax fraud allegations

CRISTIANO RONALDO has hit back at critics with an astonishing Instagram post claiming: “Insects only attack lights that shine.”

The Real Madrid footballer went on the offensive alongside a photo of him standing like a God-like figure in the middle of a dazzling display of light – a day after he appeared in court over tax fraud allegations.

Cristiano Ronaldo took to Instagram to hit back at his critics
Cristiano Ronaldo was in court on Tuesday over tax evasion claims
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Showing humility is not one of his character traits, he wrote: “What bothers people is my glow. Insects only attack lights that shine.”

His bizarre rant came after he reportedly told a judge during his closed court hearing in Madrid: “If I wasn’t called Cristiano Ronaldo, I wouldn’t be sat here.”

The judge, Monica Gomez Ferrer, is said to have replied: “You are mistaken. Plenty of anonymous people have sat where you are.”

The Portuguese international appeared at a court in the Madrid suburb Pozuelo de Alarcon to answer claims he evaded £13.1 million in tax between 2011 and 2014.

Cristiano, 31, is denying any wrongdoing.

His daring Instagram post is unlikely to win him many new friends, although Cristiano has never been big on humbleness and often appears to adopt the view he is one cut above everyone else off the football field as well as on it.

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He has in the past said he was “made to be the best” and even compared himself to God.

He said last year after being booed by Real Madrid fans: “There are people out there who hate me and who say I’m arrogant, vain and whatever. That’s all part of my success. I am made to be the best.

“We cannot live being obsessed with what other people think about us. It’s impossible to live like that. Not even God managed to please the entire world.”

Fans and critics wasted no time on Tuesday in responding to his social media post.
One said simply: “Cristiano, you are the greatest in the world.”

Another added: “So the judges just attack you, then?”

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