Cristiano Ronaldo, the renowned Portuguese footballer, is reportedly facing potential legal consequences if he were to visit Iran. This situation stems from an incident in which he hugged and kissed artist Fatima Hamimi on the cheek to express gratitude for receiving two paintings as gifts during a visit to Tehran.
The Iranian media has reported that several legal actions have been initiated against Ronaldo due to this interaction, alleging adultery in the context of a relationship. A video of the encounter was shared on Al-Nassr’s official Instagram account.
Cristiano Ronaldo, 38 years old, has been in a relationship with girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez since 2016. They have two children together, Alana Martina and Bella Esmeralda, in addition to twins born via surrogate in 2017. He also has a son born in 2010 with an unknown mother.
Ronaldo and Hamimi shared their moment during a visit to Tehran, where Al-Nassr was playing against Persepolis in an Asian Champions League group stage match. Hamimi, who is reportedly 85% paralyzed and paints with her feet, was one of the fans who presented gifts to Ronaldo.
Ronaldo, who recently signed a lucrative two-and-a-half-year deal with Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr worth approximately $75 million annually, could potentially be forgiven by a judge if the actions are deemed non-punishable or if Ronaldo expresses remorse, as reported by Marca.
It should be noted that Al-Nassr is not scheduled to play in Iran again during the group stage of the tournament, but there is a possibility if both teams advance to the knockout stage.
This incident is not the first time Cristiano Ronaldo has faced legal issues. In 2017, he was charged with tax evasion, leading to a suspended two-year jail sentence and a fine initially set at €18.8 million but later reduced to €16.8 million.
In recent developments, an attorney representing a woman who accused Ronaldo of sexual assault in Las Vegas in 2009 has sought to reopen a civil case filed in 2018, after the case’s dismissal in June 2022.
Cristiano Ronaldo is widely recognized as one of the top footballers in the world, having won five Ballon d’Or awards during his 20-year senior career, which has seen him play for clubs like Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus, and captain the Portugal national team.