Figo defends Ronaldo's decision to host party after Real Madrid loss
Portugal legend Luis Figo has come to the defense of Cristiano Ronaldo following the anger surrounding his decision to throw a 30th birthday party after Real Madrid's 4-0 defeat at the hands of city rival Atletico.
Ronaldo had already planned to celebrate the milestone on Saturday evening, but has been criticized by supporters and sections of the media who have questioned his professionalism. However, Figo, who is one of four candidates challenging FIFA president Sepp Blatter to become head of the game's governing body, hit back at critics of his compatriot on Twitter.
He said: "Anyone who doubts Cristiano Ronaldo's passion for professionalism and that of Real Madrid's is completely without knowledge of their history and character."
Figo's words of support come after Ronaldo's agent, Jorge Mendes, offered his backing to his client on Monday, claiming the player's friends and family had already arrived in Madrid prior to the game.
Photos of the party surfaced on the internet, with the images showing Madrid teammates Fabio Coentrao, Marcelo, Keylor Navas, James Rodriguez and Luka Modric among 150 revelers at an exclusive venue situated in the outskirts of Madrid.
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