Cristiano Ronaldo will be grounded for the foreseeable future after the superstar’s private jet crashed on landing at Barcelona’s El Prat airport.
The Portuguese is about to get a bumper new contract from Real Madrid, and that pay rise will come in handy as he prepares for a monster repair bill after the incident on Monday evening.
Eyewitnesses report that the plane’s landing gear broke on impact with the runway, forcing emergency services into action.
One of the runways at El Prat was closed for a short time after the incident, in which nobody was hurt but the pilot was attended to for very minor injuries.
Ronaldo bought the Gulfstream G200 last year for some £15million, and sometimes leases his plane out for private clients.
Sources close to the Ballon d’Or favourite told MirrorFootball: “The plane is normally rented by companies and it was in use by one of them.
“Cristiano Ronaldo, his family or friends were not on the plane. The incident had no major consequences.”