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Cristiano Ronaldo Confronted By Angry South Korean Fan In Sweden After Juventus No-Show

Cristiano Ronaldo Confronted By Angry South Korean Fan In Sweden After Juventus No-Show

An outraged South Korean fan flew out to Sweden to confront Cristiano Ronaldo over his Juventus no-show in a pre-season friendly.

The Juventus superstar, 34, watched on from the bench as the Italian champions were held to a 3-3 draw against K-League All-Stars in Seoul last month.

While many fans were disappointed not to see Ronaldo play in the match, one fan took it upon himself to demand an answer directly from the Portuguese forward.

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Juventus were in Stockholm last week for their International Champions Cup clash with Atletico Madrid.

And supporter Kwak Ji-hyuk approached the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star in the lobby of a hotel to find out why Ronaldo didn't play against K-League All-Stars.

He posted a video on YouTube of the incident involving the Portugal captain, in which he shouted at him: "Why didn't you play in Korea?"

And when Ji-hyuk didn't receive an answer, he tried to catch the eye of Ronaldo with a sign in Portuguese.

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He added: "Even when I put the sign right in front of his eyes, I was utterly ignored.

"You are so nice to your fans here, but why did you do that to us?"

Reports in South Korea claim that the fan plans to protest against the five-time Ballon d'Or winner next month by flying out to Italy to try his luck again.

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After the match last month, reports emerged that the South Korean police were investigating Juventus over Ronaldo's no-show in the friendly.

And over 2,000 fans were so furious about the no-show that they planned to sue a sports agency for compensation.

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Fans had reached out to Seoul law firm Myungan to file a lawsuit over the incident and are looking to receive compensation of 70,000 won (£47.63) per ticket.

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Along with the ticket price, they want 1,000 won for the ticket commission fee and 1m won each for compensation relating to "mental anguish."

A lawyer for the firm told Reuters: "Normally in such cases, the plaintiffs will be refunded the price of the tickets, but I put this under a special case since the company, through false advertising, took advantage of the football star's fans.

"As for the mental anguish part, I'd like to say some of them are raucous fans, the real avid fans.

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"So for them it is very painful because they love Ronaldo and want to protect him, but they can't, given the situation.

"For now, we have two plaintiffs who sued the company, but I have been getting a lot of calls today and I assume there will be some 60,000 more."

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Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri claimed at the time that Ronaldo didn't feature in the match because he was "not 100 per cent fit due to muscle fatigue."

The ex-Chelsea and Napoli manager continued: "I spoke with [Juventus chairman] Andrea [Agnelli] and Ronaldo before the match and we concluded that it would be best for him to rest."

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Featured Image Credit: Kwak Ji-hyuk

Topics: Football News, South Korea, Football, Serie A, old lady, Juventus, Sweden, Cristiano Ronaldo

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