As his trial for tax fraud gets underway, Cristiano Ronaldo is anything but remorseful, opting rather to hit back at critics who are supposedly envious of him.
A day after appearing at a court in the Madrid suburb Pozuelo de Alarcon to answer claims he evaded £13.1 million in tax between 2011 and 2014, the Real Madrid superstar took to Instagram with a stunning post claiming: “Insects only attack lights that shine.”
“What bothers people is my glow. Insects only attack lights that shine”, he wrote alongside a photo of him standing like a God-like figure in the middle of a dazzling display of light.
His bizarre rant came after he reportedly told a judge during his closed court hearing in Madrid: “If I wasn’t called Cristiano Ronaldo, I wouldn’t be sitting here.”
But Sun reports that the judge, Monica Gomez Ferrer, shut down his claims by saying: “You are mistaken. Plenty of anonymous people have sat where you are.”
His audacious Instagram post is unlikely to win him many new friends as it only reaffirms the notion that he thinks he’s one cut above everyone else off the football field as well as on it.
While Real Madrid struggled in their first season under Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo simply said: “If everyone played like me we’ll be top of the league”.
And he said last year after being booed by Real Madrid fans: “There are people out there who hate me and who say I’m arrogant, vain and whatever. That’s all part of my success. I am made to be the best.
“We cannot live being obsessed with what other people think about us. It’s impossible to live like that. Not even God managed to please the entire world.”
The 32-year-old faces two to six years in jail if convicted of “aggravated” financial crime.