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Cristiano Ronaldo escapes injury after crashing sports car

SHAKEN BUT WALKING The 23-year-old winger’s Ferrari was written off in an accident but he was able to train later on with his Man United teammates

AP , MANCHESTER, ENGLAND

Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo escaped injury yesterday after crashing his sports car on the way to training.

The Portugal winger’s Ferrari collided with a roadside barrier in a two-lane tunnel near Manchester Airport at 10:20am, writing off the vehicle, police said.

At the scene, the 23-year-old European player of the year gave a negative breath test to officers, who said inquiries are ongoing to determine the cause of the crash.

“He’s fine and is training as normal with the team this morning,’’ Manchester United said.

Photographs showed the front of the red car completely crushed after absorbing the impact of the crash. Metal debris, including the front left wheel, was scattered across the road.

No other vehicles were involved, although United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar was traveling behind Ronaldo in a Bentley at the time.

“The Ferrari went straight into the wall, his front left hand wheel came off and then Ronaldo got out of the car,’’ witness Jody Lomax told the BBC. “He was all right, he was walking — he was a bit shaken.”

The Madeira-born star joined United from Sporting Lisbon in 2003.

Ronaldo came off the bench on Wednesday night in a 1-0 loss at Derby County in the first leg of the League Cup semifinals.

Also See: Derby down United in cup shocker

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