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