Earlier this week we saw a few photos of Soccer phenom Cristiano Ronaldo lounging by the pool with friends in his hometown of Funchal, Portugal … in much happier times. Earlier today Ronaldo was involved in a car accident that left his £200,000 Ferrari in shambles but, very fortunately, he was able to walk away from the incident unharmed. Just hours after his sports car was hauled away to the scrap heap, Cristiano was beaming his smile and giving fans the thumbs up as he the Carrington training ground afterward … clearly, he’s not sweating the loss:
Cristiano Ronaldo, the Manchester United star, has written off his Ferrari sports car following a crash in a tunnel. The 23-year-old footballer emerged from the tangle of wreckage unscathed. It is understood that at the time of the crash Ronaldo’s red 599 GTB, on Portuguese registration plates, was just ahead of the Bentley Continental being driven by his team mate, Edwin van der Saar. Both are thought to have been en route to United’s Carrington training ground. Police reached the scene a short time later and spoke to Ronaldo about the accident. He was breathalysed after the accident, which happened at around 10.20am on Thursday. Police said the test proved negative. The winger was well enough to continue his journey and join team mates at a routine training session. The crash, which left the £200,000 Ferrari a virtual write-off, happened on a stretch of the A538 that takes traffic under the runways of Manchester Airport between Wilmslow, Cheshire, and nearby Hale. An eye-witness said: “The front of Ronaldo’s car was completely mangled. There was metal all over the road, and debris. We had to dodge our way through it. “Ronaldo was just standing at the side of the road looking forlorn and bewildered. My daughter said to me, ‘Oh my God – that’s Cristiano Ronaldo!’ It’s amazing he was okay because his car looked so bad.” Ronaldo’s Ferrari is among a fleet of cars he owns that are worth around £2 million. His other cars include a Bentley Continental GT Speed and a Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. He also has two Porsche Cayennes and a BMW M6.
Altho Cristiano may not be worried about the loss of his car, he might want to be concerned about the police investigation that is forthcoming … especially if there was speeding/racing involved in this incident:
Police will investigate whether Ronaldo had been speeding and are expected to question his teammate Edwin Van Der Sar, 38, who was apparently travelling behind in his ??200,000 Bentley, about his driving speed … Police apparently suspect that as he went into the tunnel, which has a speed limit of 60mph, the footballer may have lost control of the car before spinning into the side of the tunnel. The impact then caused the car to lose a front wheel and it then ricocheted off the wall until it finally came to a stop further down the tunnel. Ronaldo was able to clamber out of the wreckage and remained at the scene until police arrived. The striker was taking the 205mph supercar, which he had imported from Portugal two days ago, apparently for its first spin when he lost control of it on the A538 Wilmslow Road, near Manchester Airport.
Damn. He is so lucky he wasn’t injured … or worse. I suppose we’ll know in due time what the cause of the accident was but I suspect that some form of speeding was involved. A 23-year old guy taking his new sportscar out for its first spin? Yeah … I think we know what went down. In the end, again, he’s lucky to be alive.