London: Fifa president Sepp Blatter has apologised to Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid after “light-hearted” comments he made about the player prompted a furious attack by the club.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez branded Blatter’s remarks “unacceptable” and even claimed they could influence the voting for the Ballon d’Or, with the Portugal international hoping to end Lionel Messi’s domination of the award and dashed a letter to the Fiufa chief.
Blatter replied saying in his eyes Ronaldo and Messi were “at the same level” and apologised for the “hurt” caused.
“It was never my intention to embarrass or disrespect to Real Madrid or one of their players or their fans,” he added.
Ronaldo also had his say, posting on his official Facebook page, alongside a video clip of Blatter’s comments: “This video shows clearly the respect and consideration that Fifa has for me, for my club and my country. Much is explained now.
“I wish Mr Blatter health and a long life, with the certainty that he will continue to witness, as he deserves, the successes of his favourite teams and players.”