Ronaldo escapes unhurt in car crash

deepak pace

Friday, January 9, 2009 (Manchester)

Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo escaped injury on Thursday after crashing his sports car on the way to training.

The Portugal winger's Ferrari collided with a roadside barrier in a two-lane tunnel near Manchester Airport at 10:20 a.m. (1020 GMT), writing off the vehicle, police said.

At the scene, the 23-year-old European player of the year gave a negative breath test to officers, who said inquiries are ongoing to determine the cause of the crash.

"He's fine and is training as normal with the team this morning," Manchester United said.

Photographs showed the front of the red car completely crushed after absorbing the impact of the crash. Metal debris, including the front left wheel, was scattered across the road.

No other vehicles were involved, although United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar was traveling behind Ronaldo in a Bentley at the time.

"The Ferrari went straight into the wall, his front left hand wheel came off and then Ronaldo got out of the car," witness Jody Lomax told the BBC. "He was all right, he was walking _ he was a bit shaken."

Ronaldo came off the bench Wednesday night in a 1-0 loss at Derby County in the first leg of the League Cup semifinals.


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