Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will not take part in Saturday's El Clasico Miami.
The match at Hard Rock Stadium between Barcelona and Real Madrid, has been one of the most anticipated events in South Florida. Up until Friday afternoon, Ronaldo was expected to take part in the match. The surprising development will undoubtedly put a damper on the event.
“It’s still the biggest rivalry in sports. You have the biggest stars in the world, and for the first time in America. It's not that you won’t get an amazing experience," said Daniel Sillman, the Director of Business Development for Relevant Sports.
The rest of Real Madrid's team arrived in Miami on Thursday ahead of the contest. Even though Ronaldo was not with them, he was expected to fly in on his own until this last-minute change.
"We just got word today. We had been working with his team and agents to make it happen," Mr. Sillman added.
At Friday night's practice, many of the 32,000 fans whow attended said they just found out Ronaldo didn't make the trip to Miami as they were arriving.
One very disappointed fan joked, "He's on maternity leave, taking care of the twins."
The match between Real Madrid and Barcelona will take place on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.