Real Madrid star Ronaldo humoured 20-year-old fan Ronald Gjoka when he invaded the field of play at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami during a friendly match with Chelsea on August 7.
The incident resulted in an internet sensation, as the fan spent quite some time clinging on to his hero, who happily obliged as security staff panicked around him. You can watch it below:
But the student was arrested and charged with trespass and disorderly conduct, which could see him expelled from college and deported back to his native Albania.
He may face "problems with immigrations and his college if the charges aren't dropped", his attorney Richard Hujber said.
"It is my understanding that he now recognises his error and the importance of security. I do not want to see him face criminal penalties for his error."
Ronaldo, who recently signed a contract to make him the world’s highest-paid player, clearly agrees.
"I understand your position and the importance of enforcing rules and law," Ronaldo wrote in a letter to the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office.
"However, I respectfully request that you and your office reconsider this decision and dismiss the two criminal charges this young man faces."
It does seem a bit harsh for what was a harmless – if epic – example of super-fandom.
And Ronaldo’s act proves yet again that, beneath the playboy exterior, lies a heart of gold.
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