Ronaldo profanities follow questions about Fifa, Qatar

LONDON • Football may be in the midst of a corruption scandal, but that appears to be of little concern to Cristiano Ronaldo.

Instead, the Real Madrid striker, one of the best two players on the planet, professed to not care about the allegations swirling around Fifa, to the extent that he stormed angrily out of an interview when asked about them.

The Portugal forward, who also revealed that he and his team-mates have more important matters to discuss - including women, fashion and shoes - had intended to talk to CNN Espanol about a new range of headphones he was launching.

However, the interviewer, Andres Oppenheimer, decided to take the opportunity to ask about more serious matters, and particularly about how players had been affected by the corruption allegations and arrests at Fifa, football's governing body, a controversy that will lead to the election of a new president in February after Sepp Blatter announced his resignation.

At the start of the interview, Ronaldo looked almost amused when he answered, asking if the interviewer wants him "to be honest".

He then replied: "It doesn't worry me at all.

"I do my profession, my job, I give me all for my club... the rest doesn't matter to me. I don't care what happens on the outside."

The 30-year-old was then asked whether the players discuss the Fifa crisis in the dressing room.

He replied that they "don't speak about it at all", going on to explain the more pressing issues they talk about. "About music, about women, about fashion, about shoes, about suitcases/bags, about jewellery, about haircuts ... any more you want me to list?" he revealed.

However, Ronaldo - the holder of Fifa's prestigious Ballon d'Or award - got angry when asked about the controversial decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, snapping his fingers, shaking his head and stopping the interview.

Before he walked out, he said: "I can't speak like that. This is bull****. Speak about Fifa, I don't care about Fifa. And Qatar...I don't give a f***. What you want me to do? Speak about product (the headphones), he speaks about Fifa… come on."

Ronaldo will miss two friendlies for Real Madrid after picking up injuries during training.

The forward hurt his back during training on Monday, ruling him out of the Audi Cup games to be played in Munich last night and today. The tournament includes the hosts Bayern Munich, Milan and Tottenham Hotspur.

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