Individual responsibilities" have kept the Portugal star from making the trek to Miami to play in the pre-season Clasico
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo won't play against intense la-liga opponent Barcelona at the International Champions Cup on Saturday.
Ronaldo missed Madrid's initial two ICC coordinates in California – a punishment shoot-out misfortune to Manchester United and a 4-1 defeat to Manchester City – as he was traveling with his pregnant sweetheart and in Asia for support responsibilities.
Also, the four-time Ballon d'Or victor – at the focal point of allegations that he swindled Spanish duty experts out of €14.7million in the wake of helping Madrid to LaLiga and Champions League brilliance last season – will be missing from Miami, in spite of coordinator's earnest attempts.
"Sadly, Ronaldo's own responsibilities blocked him from being here," Relevent Sports executive Charlie Stillitano told the Miami Herald on Friday.
"He truly needed to be here. This is not a diva circumstance. He was trusting that he could make it. He held up until the point that today to tell us, however it simply didn't work out.
"Mr. [Stephen] Ross did everything conceivable to get him here, and Cristiano said he was exceptionally appreciative for that. I'm amazingly baffled, yet regardless we have the two best groups and the best stars short one
Miami Dolphins head coach Stephen Ross – who runs Relevent Sports – made a special effort to get Ronaldo to his stadium, including having a private fly sitting tight for the 32-year-old Portuguese forward.
"We've connected, we've done everything," Ross said Thursday, per the Herald. "That end of the week, he has some intricate issues as all of you know, back in Spain. I have a plane holding up. He hasn't said at last no. We'll most likely know generally soon."
While the news came as fairly a hit to the coordinators of the occasion, and even to ESPN, who have gone full scale to cover the second Clasico to be held outside of Spain , Madrid director Zinedine Zidane says the declaration has done nothing to change his side's approach.
"He's traveling and he needs to exploit that additionally," the French mentor said. "I think whatever is left of us, we're prepared to play tomorrow and Cristiano will be with us the fifth to begin the season.