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    Private plane owned by Cristiano Ronaldo crashes after landing gear breaks on impact

    Sep 30, 2016
    Cristiano Ronaldo was in Germany for Real Madrid's Champions League match when his private plane crashed in Barcelona. AP

    MADRID — A plane believed to be used by Cristiano Ronaldo skidded off a runway in Barcelona because of a landing gear problem.

    Airport officials said no one was injured in Monday's (Tuesday, Manila time) incident. Ronaldo was not on the plane. He was with Real Madrid in Germany for a Champions League match.

    Spanish media said the aircraft was owned by the Portuguese forward, but it was being used by an air taxi company. It is common for owners to rent their planes when not using them.

    Officials did not confirm the plane belonged to Ronaldo, but it had the same tail number of one shown in a photo tweeted by the player a year ago, captioned "Flying with style."

    Photos by Spanish media showed the front landing gear broke apart.

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    Cristiano Ronaldo was in Germany for Real Madrid's Champions League match when his private plane crashed in Barcelona. AP
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