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Cristiano Ronaldo receives apology from Sepp Blatter after bitter row

By Thomas Roberts

Published 30/10/2013

Sepp Blatter said he did not intend to offend Cristiano Ronaldo
Sepp Blatter said he did not intend to offend Cristiano Ronaldo

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has apologised to Cristiano Ronaldo in a bid to diffuse the bizarre row which has erupted between the pair.

The Real Madrid forward and his club interpreted comments made by Blatter in an address to the Oxford Union last week as a slight on the player.

Ronaldo apparently felt Blatter was mocking him after being asked to compare the Portugal international with Lionel Messi.

Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti claimed Blatter's behaviour showed a "lack of respect" and revealed the Spanish giants had been in touch with the world governing body asking for a retraction.

Blatter said both players were exceptional but described Messi as a "good boy" before going on to say, in apparent reference to Ronaldo, that "one has more expenses for the hairdresser than the other".

The Fifa president then concluded by saying he preferred Messi of the two players.

In response, Ronaldo posted on his official Facebook page, alongside a video clip of Blatter's comments: "This video shows clearly the respect and consideration that Fifa has for me, for my club and my country. Much is explained now.

"I wish Mr Blatter health and a long life, with the certainty that he will continue to witness, as he deserves, the successes of his favourite teams and players."

Blatter wrote later on his Twitter account: "Dear @Cristiano. I apologise if you were upset by my light-hearted answer at private event on Friday. I never meant to offend you."

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