FIFA president Sepp Blatter has publicly apologised to Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid for comments he made during a recent talk at the Oxford Union.
Whilst comparing Ronaldo to Lionel Messi in the debate at Oxford University, Blatter joked: "one spends more time at the hairdressers than the other."
The 28-year-old superstar took offence to the statement and responded via his Facebook page yesterday.
Now Blatter has taken a step to resolve his careless jibe. He wrote to Ronaldo on Twitter: "I apologise if you were upset by my light-hearted answer at private event on Friday,"
"I never meant to offend you. "I am an honorary 'socio' at Real Madrid and explained we've many talented players in world game, including you. Best wishes."
Moreover, Blatter also addressed an open letter to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.
Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti revealed yesterday that Perez had written to Blatter asking for him to explain his remarks.
"Dear President, I have received your letter today, the contents of which surprised me," he said.
"I want to clarify that for me Cristiano Ronaldo is at the same level as Messi and they are both outstanding players, each in their own way.
"I'm sorry that this situation produced in a university event hurt as much as it did, and I apologise for it.
"It was never my intention to embarrass or disrespect Real Madrid or one of their players or the fans, not only for being the founder of the Fifa club but also for being the club that I follow and admire from my youth."
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