Cristiano Ronaldo asks district attorney to drop charges against hugging pitch invader

Hugs can go a long way these days.

According to Miami news station WPLG Local 10, Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly asked prosecutors to drop charges against the young fan who was arrested after running onto the pitch to hug him during a preseason match at Sun Life Stadium.

19-year-old Ronald Gjoka, a Palm Beach State Community College student from Albania, first won Ronaldo’s affection during the International Champions Cup final against Chelsea, when his lengthy hug visibly struck a cord with the global football icon. And apparently, Gjoka left such a big impression on him that Ronaldo now penned a letter to help the fan escape punishment for his “pitch invasion.”

From Local 10:

"I understand your position and the importance of enforcing rules and law," Ronaldo wrote in a letter to the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. "However, I respectfully request that you and your office reconsider this decision and dismiss the two criminal charges this young man faces."

The two charges Gjoka faces are trespassing and disorderly conduct, and according to his lawyer he could face “problems with immigrations and his college if the charges aren’t dropped.”

Here’s to hoping that Ronaldo’s noble act — refreshing in this day and age, to say the least — will be enough to do just that.

H/T Dirty Tackle


Pitch “invader” gives Ronaldo lengthy hug as Real Madrid clinches ICC title

The preseason is a time for extensive fitness regimens, wrinkles in the playbook, welcoming new players, a little bit of fun, and of course, hugs. Warm, intimate, unabated hugs. 

Cristiano Ronaldo was on the receiving end last night during the International Champions Cup final, after a young fan ran onto the pitch to spend some quality time in the arms of his idol. The young man, who benefited from an alarmingly unresponsive security team, whispered sweet nothings into Ronaldo’s ear for a good twenty seconds before the star of the evening (CR7 scored two great goals to lead Real Madrid to the title) helped direct him back to the sidelines, visibly touched by what he heard.


We couldn’t possibly know what was said, but judging by Ronaldo’s face, it was probably something to the effect of “You totally should have won every Ballon d’Or over Messi.”

This is the second instance this summer where a fan was barely stopped from reaching their idols. A few weeks ago, a die-hard Didier Drogba fan had to be dragged off the pitch by the Ivorian striker himself during a friendly match in Shrewsbury.

Meanwhile, no fans ran up to hug Jose Mourinho, who before the match took a stab at his former player by saying he is not “the real Ronaldo” (the Brazilian). Not feeling so special now, are we Jose?