Not sure what's more hilarious -- that this constitutes "news" on the world's most-popular news site, or that being in a relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo would be considered "bizarre"!
Cristiano Ronaldo is preparing to return to Morocco to see in the New Year with his kick boxer friend Badr Hari, according to reports. The pair will party together in Marrakesh in between two matches for Real Madrid. Ronaldo, 30, has reserved a £2,400-a-night suite at luxury hotel The Pearl Marrakech for his whirlwind trip, Arabic-speaking newspaper Ajbar Al Yaum claimed. The footballer is thought to have stayed at the hotel on previous visits to the Moroccan tourist hotspot, including the time he was pictured in Hari's arms in photos which sparked bizarre claims the pair were in a gay relationship. Ronaldo is expected to make the trip in his private jet after his side's home match tomorrow afternoon against Real Sociedad. The Spanish side's following match is away against Valencia on Sunday night. His Real Madrid strike partner Karim Benzema is also said to have accepted an invite to the New Year celebrations in Marrakesh. The bizarre story about Ronaldo being in a gay relationship surfaced after stories emerged in the Spanish press that he was making regular trips to Morocco to see Dutch-born Hari, 31.
One said he was using his new private jet, a £13.5million Gulfstream G200, to make daily return trips between Torrejon Air Base near Madrid and Morocco after weekday training sessions. Earlier this month, French TV pundit Daniel Riolo reacted to photos posted on Hari's social media accounts showing him holding Ronaldo in his arms and lazing together by a pool by saying: 'I'm sure flying off to Morocco three or four times a week to see a friend and cuddle with him might have an impact on his performances eventually.' Ronaldo, who split from long-term girlfriend Irina Shayk this time last year, went on to admit 'personal problems' but refused to elaborate on what had affected his performances at the start of the season which is regarded as being one of his worst since he joined Real Madrid.
Subsequent reports said the Real Madrid star's regular trips to Morocco were to see Portuguese-French model Melanie Martins. Ronaldo spent Christmas in Miami, thousands of miles from his family including his mum Dolores and son Cristianinho, five. He enjoyed VIP treatment while watching Miami Heat play the Detroit Pistons before being pictured relaxing bare-chested by his hotel pool. Benzema, who has been suspended from the French national side while he is investigated on suspicion of involvement in a blackmail plot against teammate Mathieu Valbuena, threw a massive party last week at the Cavalli Club in Dubai to celebrate his 28th birthday. Badr, who in November flew to Madrid to watch them play Barcelona, is thought to have spent Christmas in Kenitra in northern Morocco where his family are understood to own a home. His last tweets show him donating tracksuits and blankets to orphans and prisoners in Kenitra through a charity association he runs.