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Cristiano Ronaldo crashes Ferrari at Manchester Airport

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Topics:  Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano

Cristiano Ronaldo crashes Ferrari at Manchester Airport

January 11, 2009

Portuguese football player Cristiano Ronaldo has been involved in a car crash in Manchester, in the United Kingdom.

The Manchester United winger who also plays internationally for Portugal crashed his Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano at 10:20 a.m. on Friday January 9. The car, worth approximately £200,000 ($305,000) was totally destroyed. A wheel came off the car and debris was placed all over the road. Ronaldo was not injured during the crash and no other vehicles were involved. Team mate, Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar was said to be following behind Ronaldo.

Ronaldo turned up for training later in the day. He has been with Manchester United since 2003 and scored 74 goals in 178 games. He has also scored 21 goals for Portugal and has competed for them in Euro 2004 and 2008 as well as the 2006 FIFA World Cup and 2004 Summer Olympics. He returned to the training ground in his £150,000 Bentley.

Police released a statement saying "at about 10:20 a.m. police were called to the A538 Wilmslow Road near to Manchester Airport following reports of a road traffic collision. Officers attended and discovered a Ferrari had collided with a barrier. No one is believed to have been injured. Inquiries are continuing." The statement also added that Ronaldo was not intoxicated.

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