So Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke supposedly called pretty-boy underwear mogul/soccer legend Cristiano Ronaldo a “faggot” in the locker room after this weekend’s game. Cadena COPE, a Spanish radio station, reports that Cristiano responded by saying
“A faggot, yes. But a very rich one, bastard!”
If the report is true, it marks the first time that Cristiano has publicly acknowledged his sexuality.
Ronaldo was taunted by fans last April after rumors about an alleged relationship with Moroccan kickboxer Badr Hadri. (photos, below)
Morocco World News reported, “the crowd were heard chanting ‘Vete a Marruecos,’ or ‘Go to Morocco,’ in reference to the player’s regular visits to Morocco.”
Ronaldo was also targeted with chants of “maricon”, a Spanish anti-gay slur comparable to “faggot.”
Soccer remains one of the world’s most homophobic sports, so here’s hoping Cristiano stays safe and happy. (Photos: Ronaldo in black shirt, and Ronaldo on yacht with Hadri via MediaPunch)