'Lack of class': Ronaldo stirs anger with wrongly timed photo amid Sala's disappearance
Cristiano Ronaldo has come under fire on social media after posting a smiling selfie taken on a private jet, as an aircraft caring Cardiff City player Emiliano Sala went missing on Monday night.
It is known that Sala was on board of the single-engine aircraft which took off from Nantes in France on Monday and was bound for the Welsh capital of Cardiff.
The flight disappeared from the radars on the same night, with the chances of survival already being described as "unfortunately slim" by the search and rescue groups. "Floating objects" were reportedly being found during the search of the missing light aircraft.
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The disappearance of Sala, who was announced as Cardiff's £15 million record signing just last Saturday, has shocked the football world. It appeared that the Portuguese superstar, or at least his PR team, were not aware of the tragic news, as he posted a photo taken on a private jet on his social media profiles.
😀🛫👍 pic.twitter.com/zC80kfMES8— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) January 22, 2019
The awkwardly timed snap was also captioned with a grinning face, an airplane and a thumb up emojis, causing a wave of criticism from football fans.
Incredible levels of insensitivity and selfishness here.— Ben Spicer (@spicer81) January 22, 2019
Taking a selfie on a plane 1 day after another footballer went missing and probably died in a plane crash— City Fan (@TheBIueCity) January 22, 2019
Wrong timing bro ....— ℌ𝔢𝔡𝔦 (@RealHeDi) January 22, 2019
No respect whatsoever. #PrayForSala— Jordan Jones🏴 (@Jonezy_9) January 22, 2019
So insensitive. Expect nothing less— Matthew Rawding (@mattraw8514) January 22, 2019
What a joke he is...#PrayforSala— Peaches (@LittleQueenie08) January 22, 2019
Why am I not even surprised by this picture. Lack of class. Sums you up 👍🏻— shawn devonport (@shawn_devonport) January 22, 2019
Former England legend and TV football pundit Gary Lineker has also added his weight, pointing out the timing.
Not the day for this tweet. It really isn’t. https://t.co/61y6cgEzm0— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 22, 2019
Some of the Twitter users also took a chance to remind their fellow football fans about Ronaldo's tax fraud case. In the latest development, the Portuguese footballer accepted a prearranged €18.8 million fine and a suspended 23-month sentence on Monday, so he had something to grin about.
Look at me. I'm rich. I escape prison because I'm rich. I have a private jet. I'm so self-absorbed I have no idea about any other footballers flying today.Douchebag.#ronaldo#salahttps://t.co/pLAufr5Pev— Jason Fox (@JasonFox_14) January 22, 2019
Just been fined 19mil. Looks arsed doesn’t he— stephen whitley (@stephenwhitley1) January 22, 2019
Maybe think about the world outside of your massive ego before posting.— Toby Benjamin (@Toby_J_Benjamin) January 22, 2019