Rabat - Spanish football club Real Madrid’s President, Florentino Pérez, has allegedly forbidden Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s frequent trips to Morocco onboard his private jet.
Rabat – Spanish football club Real Madrid’s President, Florentino Pérez, has allegedly forbidden Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s frequent trips to Morocco onboard his private jet.
According to Telquel news website, citing Belgian sports site Het Laatse Nieuws on Tuesday, the Real Madrid boss banned CR7’s customary visits to Morocco with his good friend, Moroccan Kickboxing Champion Badr Hari.
Pérez fears that all the traveling back and forth between Spain and Morocco will eventually affect his star player’s performance on the pitch, the same source noted.
The Spanish football club also believes that the close friendship between Hari and Ronaldo could allegedly hurt the Portuguese’s reputation and privacy.
Last year, following back-to-back trips Ronaldo made to several Moroccan cities with Morocco’s ‘Golden Boy’, the Spanish press slammed the friendship, saying it was controversial and not good for the soccer celebrity, following the stars’ social media posts.
According to the same source, Real Madrid’s newly-appointed coach, French national Zinedine Zidane, also said he disagrees with star’s weekend vacations to the North African country.
Last month, French sports reporter Daniel Riolo insinuated on French television show “Touche pas a mon sport” that Hari and Ronaldo were more than just friends.
“Cristiano Ronaldo – I’m sure flying to Morocco three to four times a week to see a friend and cuddle with him might have an impact on his performances eventually,” he added.
Last November, the Spanish Club began to worry about Ronaldo’s trips. “Many voices inside Bernabeu suggest that Benitez and many of Real Madrid’s highest paid players, including Ronaldo, have begun a battle without a happy ending, especially with the ongoing CR7 trips to Morocco in his brand new jet,” Spanish newspaper Extra Confidencial stated.
Although a plane trip between Madrid and Rabat lasts less than 1 hour and 30 minutes, Spanish media claimed that Ronaldo was traveling to Morocco as often as every afternoon and returning to Madrid later in the evening.
Conversely, according to British media, the Real Madrid star’s true reason for his visits to Morocco was not Badr Hari, but his alleged new girlfriend, Melanie Martins, a Portuguese-French model.
Whether Cristiano Ronaldo visited Morocco so often was his friendship with Hari, his reported relationship with Martins, or simply for the beauty of Morocco, it seems that he will no longer travel to his “favorite” destination during football season.