Reports: Ronaldo Accuses Opponent Of Being Bribed
Reports: Cristiano Ronaldo Accuses Opponent Of Being Bribed
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has caused new headlines in Spain after apparently accusing an opponent of being bribed to beat Los Blancos.
The Spanish giants won their catch-up game against Celta Vigo 4-1 earlier this week, but the match at Balaidos was trickier than the scoreline suggests.
One incident in particular has now caught the attention of major publications in Spain. It took place in the second half just after Celta's Iago Aspas was sent off in the 62nd minute, with Real leading 2-0 at the time.
Marca and AS have picked up on TV footage from Movistar+, which shows Ronaldo clashing with Celta's Gustavo Cabral.
The Portuguese can be seen arguing with the defender after Cabral accused Ronaldo of diving moments after Aspas was harshly sent off for a similar incident.
Spanish media have claimed that Ronaldo yelled, "You, lots of money. Maletin," at the opposition player, while rubbing his fingers together in the universal "money" gesture and mimicking the action of carrying a briefcase.
"Maletin" can be translated to briefcase, which is one of the most controversial concepts in Spanish football, balancing between a legal bribe and the borders of match-fixing, in which a third party gets involved in a match that is in their interest.
Briefcase allegations are expected to again be made for Real's final La Liga clash of the season against Malaga, with reports suggesting the hosts will be paid to upset Los Blancos on the final day of the campaign.
Zinedine Zidane's men lead the log with three points over FC Barcelona, and only need a draw at Malaga to lift their first La Liga title since 2011/12.
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