South Korean fan flies to Sweden to confront Cristiano Ronaldo over Juventus no-show


Cristiano Ronaldo sparked controversy after he failed to appear for Juventus in their pre-season friendly against K-League All Stars last month.

The Portuguese star sat rooted to the bench despite apparently being contracted to play 45 minutes of the match.

Fans in attendance of the match became angry and even began chanting Lionel Messi’s name.

But the matter wasn’t over there.

The K-League accused Juventus of ‘deception’ and a criminal complaint was filed against Ronaldo, the Serie A champions and the South Korean agency that organised the match.

Indeed, a police investigation is underway.

However, one fan refused to leave the situation to the police by confronting Ronaldo in Stockholm.

Fan flies to Sweden to confront Ronaldo

Juve were in the Swedish capital last week for the International Champions Cup.

And while in the lobby of his hotel, Ronaldo was confronted by supporter Kwak Ji-hyuk.

Kwak has since posted a video of the incident on his YouTube video.

In it, he shouts in English: “Why didn’t you play in Korea?”


Kwak continues to try to get Ronaldo’s attention by holding up a sign in Portuguese.

“Even when I put the sign right in front of his eyes, I was utterly ignored,” he says.

"You are so nice to your fans here but why did you do that to us?"

According to reports in South Korea, Kwak intends to continue to protest by flying to Italy next month to meet Ronaldo again.


The BBC reported last month that some fans are seeking compensation over Ronaldo’s no-show.

They have reached out to Seoul law firm Myungan to file a lawsuit, seeking compensation of 70,000 won (£48.50) per ticket, 1,000 won for the ticket commission fee, and 1m won each for compensation for "mental anguish".

"Normally in such cases the plaintiffs will be refunded the price of the tickets, but I put this under a special case since the company, through false advertising, took advantage of the football star's fans," a lawyer from the firm told Reuters.

"As for the mental anguish part, I'd like to say some of them are raucous fans, the real avid fans.

“So for them it is very painful because they love Ronaldo and want to protect him, but they can't, given the situation.

"For now we have two plaintiffs who sued the company, but I have been getting a lot of calls today and I assume there will be some 60,000 more.”

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