London, April 10: Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo publicly apologized on social media on Sunday after an unpleasant incident following his team’s 0-1 loss to Everton in a Premier League match on Saturday.
The 37-year-old Portuguese striker reportedly smashed a young Everton fan’s phone while making his way through the tunnel after the game at Goodison Park. A video of the incident has since gone viral and shows the five-time Ballon d’Or winner breaking an object with his right hand, while he wears a shin guard on his left hand.
Manchester United players were reportedly being booed at the time of the incident.
Ralf Rangnick’s Manchester United are currently seventh in the Premier League table with 51 points, with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on top with 73 points, followed by Liverpool on 72.
Writing on Instagram, Ronaldo said: “It is never easy to deal with emotions in difficult times like the one we are facing. However, we must always be respectful, patient and set an example for all the youngsters who love the beautiful game.
“I would like to apologize for my outburst and, if possible, I would like to invite this fan to watch a match at Old Trafford as a show of fair play and sportsmanship,” Ronaldo said.