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A dad has forked out over £3,000 so his son could watch Cristiano Ronaldo play in the flesh - and the five-time Ballon d'Or has missed every game.
43-year-old Chris Broome and his 12-year-old lad Zac have been to three different games in the hope of seeing Portugal's record goalscorer strut his stuff and bust out his trademark 'SIUUUUUUU' celebration.
It's set the Somerset native back a whopping £3,200, as well as over 2000 miles.
But the father and son pair have experienced some rotten luck. In 2020, the duo had travelled to watch Ronaldo in action for Juventus but he did not feature after being rested.
It cost Chris £1,550 so you can imagine how frustrated he was when the Real Madrid legend did not take to the pitch.
However, Ronaldo then returned to Manchester United in the summer and so seeing the 37-year-old live was made a little easier for Chris and Zac.
They picked the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium last month as the fixture but to the surprise of many - and definitely Chris and Zac - Ronaldo picked up a "hip flexor injury" and was missing from the 4-1 thrashing.
The unlucky dad and lad watched on from hospitality and stayed over in a hotel, ultimately costing £1500 for the experience.
They do say 'third time lucky' and Chris and Zac will have been hoping that was the case when they got some free tickets for United's visit of Leicester City on Saturday.
But there was more misery as Ralf Rangnick confirmed Ronaldo missed the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford after suffering from "flu-like symptoms".
Despite Chris feeling it in his bank balance, he remains determined to make his son's dream come true.
“It’s costing an arm and a leg," Chris said, as per The Sun.
"I promised Zac I will take him to see Ronaldo play, so I’ll make that happen come what may.”
It could have been much worse though. In 2019, "the unluckiest football fan" had saved up to watch both Ronaldo and Lionel Messi but disaster struck.
Messi injured his am 14 minutes into the game against Sevilla and then a few months later, a Ronaldo muscle injury ruled him out of Juventus' game against Empoli which the supporter attended with his two friends.
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