Sunday 22 July 2018

Video: Blatter apologises after getting the hairdryer treatment from Ronaldo over Messi remarks

Ben Rumsby

CRISTIANO RONALDO has lashed out at Sepp Blatter after the FIFA president mocked him for having "more expenses for the hairdresser" than Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo reacted angrily to Blatter expressing a preference for Messi over him in a video clip which also shows the Swiss performing an impression of the Real Madrid star. Blatter has now apologised.

The Real Madrid ace failed to see the funny side of what was Blatter's response to a question posed during his visit to the Oxford Union.

After watching footage posted online in which Blatter is asked which of Messi and Ronaldo he prefers, the former Manchester United player wrote on his Facebook page: "The video shows the respect and consideration that FIFA has for me, my club and my country. Much is explained now.

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

IMPRESSION

Blatter had actually been extremely complimentary of Ronaldo, with his impression intended to demonstrate how much of a leader the 28-year-old was.

But he did also say that Messi was a "good boy," adding that one of the differences between the pair was that "one has more expenses for the hairdresser than the other."

Real president Florentino Perez wrote to Blatter to express his "disgust," claiming that the FIFA president's comments could influence the voting for the Ballon d'Or.

Blatter wrote back, insisting there was no link between what he said and the World Player of the Year prize, insisting Ronaldo and Messi were "at the same level" and apologising for any offence caused.

Gareth Bale joins Messi and Ronaldo on the 23-man shortlist for the prestigious World Player of the Year award, which will be presented in Zurich on January 13.

Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is on the 10-man shortlist for Coach of the Year. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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