An Italian firm, Proto Enterprises, has counter-sued Cristiano Ronaldo over claims that the three-time FIFA Ballon D’Or winner bought a property in the magnificent Trump Towers for his Moroccan kick-boxer friend, Badr Hari.
The Real Madrid forward’s legal representatives had last week accused the Italian firm of spreading false information by linking the star to a series of property acquisitions, including the £11.8 million apartment in Trump Towers, New York, and a luxury hotel in Monaco.
A statement from Ronaldo’s team also said it had sued the Italian firm.
But the firm, saying it had its own image to protect, came for the star in a counter-suit, claiming that he was probably unhappy because it (the firm) revealed that the star gave the property in Trump Towers to his Moroccan friend.
Recall that news broke in February that Ronaldo had been making frequent trips to Morocco for “cuddles” with Hari, sometimes even allegedly making the trips on his private jet.
A statement by the firm to Sportsmail reads: “The complaint for slander and false information against Ronaldo was made. We have claimed damages for 10 million euros.
“After having registered the true beneficiary [of] the apartment in the United States, we had to declare to the authority that the apartment bought by Ronaldo had been donated to his Moroccan friend, Badr Hari.
“Maybe that’s what bothers the player who never before had said anything about this purchase. Now we are waiting for him [to respond].
“Sorry if the secret of Ronaldo became public, but US laws are very strict and we have only done our job. The complaint against Ronaldo, for his words against our society, has already been made and presented.”