The fan who was jailed for invading the pitch during the International Champions Cup match between Real Madrid and Chelsea to hug Cristiano Ronaldo last week has stressed that he has no regrets over his actions.
Ronald Gjoka, 19, ran onto the pitch in the 67th minute to embrace his idol, only to be arrested by local police and taken to jail for trespassing and disorderly conduct.
Gjoka spent the night in prison before he was allowed to leave the day after, yet he has stressed that the moment was worth the punishment.
“Honestly, first thing was look straight, find Cristiano and don’t look back. Just go,” Gjoka told Local10.
“I decided to add a little knee slide on it just for a little celebration. I think Ronaldo always does that celebration so I thought that he would find it funny, and he did, he gave it a little laugh.
“But after that, I gave him a big hug, told him you’re one of my biggest idols, always followed you and I said, ‘Please, Ronaldo, don’t let the cops take me,’ and that’s when Ronaldo gave me a very big hug.
“I got the opportunity to talk to Ronaldo. It was a unique opportunity and I had to take it. It was worth the detention.”
I'm overly impressed by Ronaldo's reaction towards the fan, realizing what it means to that boy who risked so much just to meet him. Nowadays, the players just push them off (or walk over them as in the Eden Hazard-ballboy incident ! )
Here's a video of the Ronaldo incident: