Cristiano Ronaldo Faces More Gay Chants At Barcelona Stadium

Give it a rest, folks.

Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo faced more comments about his sexuality on Saturday during a matchup against Barcelona.

Fans chanted “Cristiano come out of the closet” during the game, for which Barcelona could face penalties from La Liga, Spain’s football league.

In a match between Real Madrid and Barcelona in March, opposing fans chanted “maricon” (“faggot”) at him from the stands.

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And in November, Madrid midfielder Jorge Merodio also called Ronaldo a “faggot.” The Portuguese player responded, “yes, a faggot with a lot of money, asshole.”

“Ronaldo is the continuous object of insults and malicious rumors in the tabloids, but also from sports reporters, players and fans of rival teams,” said Spanish LGBT activist Francisco Ramirez, “with the goal of humiliating, offending and denigrating a great player.” .

The Real Madrid player has continually refused to address speculation about his sexuality.

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