Cristiano Ronaldo hugged and helped off a pitch-invader during Real Madrid's match against Chelsea in the final of the Guinness International Champions Cup at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Wednesday night.
In the 67th minute of an eventual 3-1 Real Madrid win, a fan in a white Ronaldo shirt came onto the pitch and successfully stole a hug from the superstar. The two were in embrace for an unusually prolonged period before the 28-year-old winger helped to escort him off the pitch with the help of a police officer.
Fox Soccer's Rob Stone credits Ronaldo for the way he handled the situation:
That #Ronaldo moment with the fan, was initially frightening, but will be remembered for the decency and compassion CR7 showed.— Rob Stone (@RobStoneONFOX) August 8, 2013
Football pundit and former England international Gary Lineker made a clever observation:
A fan just ran on to the pitch to hug Ronaldo. First time someone has got (or gotten here in US) hold of Ronaldo all night.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 8, 2013
There are two areas of concern here.
First, how in the world was the guy able to get on the pitch and stay there so long without any sort of intervention from stadium security? You never want to see it happen, as the fan could have had other intentions.
Second, what in the world did he have to say to Ronaldo that was so pressing?
Since he was wearing a Madrid shirt, it's probably fair to say he wasn't imploring the star player to move to Manchester United. Maybe he wanted to make a last-ditch case for Ronaldo signing a new contract with Los Blancos. Or maybe he wanted to get some hair-care tips, and who better to ask than Cristiano Ronaldo?
American football journalist Jason Davis thinks something more nefarious was going on:
That fan was just passing Ronaldo the secret instructions for his spy mission later.— Jason Davis (@davisjsn) August 8, 2013
No matter what was said between the two, thank goodness that was all that came of the situation. Here's to hoping that a night in jail and whatever financial penalties were totally worth it for that fan.