Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo had to pay a hefty price for being sent off during a Champions League match in September 2018. Also Read - 'China Caused Great Damage to US': Trump Sharpens Attack on Beijing Again Over COVID-19
Making his Champions League debut for Juventus against Valencia, Ronaldo was sent off after colliding with the opposition goalkeeper. He was shown a red card and also banned for the next match as well. Also Read - World Zoonoses Day 2020: What is Zoonosis And How Does The Infectious Disease Spread
However, that wasn’t the end of his ordeal. Also Read - International Flights: SpiceJet to Operate 19 More Flights to Evacuate Stranded Indians From UAE, Saudi, Oman Under Vande Bharat Mission
The then Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri had enforced a rule that any footballer who is shown red card, will have to buy gift for the entire team as part of his punishment.
Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has made the revelation on his own podcast Prosto w Szczene.
However, Ronaldo, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner didn’t go down without a fight. he kept reasoning it wasn’t his fault, that he was wrongly punished. But had to come through anyway, even though it took him a good two months to buy the iMacs.
“Yes, we all have an iMac,” Szczesny said. “It took a very long time because he couldn’t process that red card and insisted high and low that he was not doing anything wrong. It took him a while, about two months of arguing, but we all have received an iMac.”
Ronaldo recently accepted a whopping 3.8 million Euro pay-cut to help his club Juventus survive the financial turmoil triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.
Together with his agent Jorge Mendes, he had earlier donated a million euros towards setting up of Intensive Care Units (ICU) in his native Portugal.