Blatter issues Ronaldo apology

Sepp Blatter has issued an apology to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez after admitting he prefers Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo at a university conference, where he also poked fun at the Portuguese international.

Dear President, I have received your letter today, the contents of which surprised me.

I want to clarify that for me Cristiano Ronaldo is at the same level as Messi and they are both outstanding players, each in their own way.

I'm sorry that this situation produced in a university event hurt as much as it did, and I apologize for it.

It was never my intention to embarrass or disrespect Real Madrid or one of their players or the fans, not only for being the founder of the FIFA club but also for being the club that I follow and admire from my youth.

– FIFA President Sepp Blatter

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