Cristiano Ronaldo: Korean fans compensated with $310 after missing pre-season friendly

Cristiano Ronaldo: Korean fans compensated with $310 after missing pre-season friendly

- Fans were left disgusted in July 2019 when Ronaldo failed to feature for a much hyped friendly match

- Organisers allegedly used Ronaldo in their advertisement of the match saying the star would play at least 45 minutes

- Two fans sued the organisers after the 34-year old stayed on the bench the entire match

- The fans have finally been compensated on orders of a court in Incheon

Two South Korean fans have been compensated KSh 31,000 each for Cristiano Ronaldo’s no show in a friendly involving Juventus and the K-League All-Stars.

Fans showed up by their thousands in July 2019 to witness the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in action in Asia after his high profile move from Real Madrid.

In total, 60,000 supporters turned out at the Olympic Stadium hoping to see the man who has defined football for the last 10 years live.

But to the disappointment of many, Ronaldo did not make the match as he watched from the bench the entire 90 minutes.

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Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri later justified the move to bench the 34-year old, saying he was struggling with muscle fatigue.

South Korean Football Fans compensated KSh 31,000 after Cristiano Ronaldo failed to play in 2019 friendly
Ronaldo has been in scintillating form for Juventus in 2020. Photo: Getty Images
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The fact that Ronaldo did not feature in the match meant many people left the stadium early in disappointment while the few that were left behind turned aganist Portugal’s all-time goal scorer.

Some went to the lengths of chanting the name “Messi” – Ronaldo’s arch rival over the years – during the match.

Months after the incident and two fans who sued the match organisers finally got some reprieve as they were handed quite the decent compensation.

According to Vincent Lee , a renown South Korean football editor, A district court in Incheon, west of Seoul, ordered the agency that organised the match to pay the two fans a total of $310.

The lawsuit filed alleged that organisers, The Fasta Inc, indicated Ronaldo would feature in the match for at last 45 minutes which was not the case.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo has been regarded as the greatest footballer of all time by many due to his achievements over the last 18 years.

The Portugal international has played in the three of the biggest leagues in Europe and left a footprint in each of them by winning 19 major trophies.

Ronaldo has won the prestigious Champions League title five times as well as three Premier League trophies and two La Liga titles and a Serie A crown.

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