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The Portuguese international’s sports car collided with a barrier in a tunnel near Manchester Airport at about 10.20am.

Ronaldo’s vehicle is thought to have been written off in the accident on the A538 Wilmslow Road. He was not hurt.

Police breathalysed the 23-year-old star, who was on his way to a training session, and it was negative.

Guardian reported, Ronaldo was on his way to training when the accident occurred, but he later arrived at the ground and took part in the training session. His car crashed in the tunnel which takes traffic under the airport runways between Wilmslow and Hale, Cheshire. Witnesses said Ronaldo got out of the car and stood beside the wreckage, apparently not injured in the incident.

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The car, registered in his home country of Portugal, is part of a fleet owned by Ronaldo. The Portuguese winger was spoken to at the scene by police investigating the incident. It is understood no other vehicles were involved but the aftermath of the crash was seen by a fellow United player.

The United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar was travelling behind Ronaldo, at the wheel of his own Bentley, at the time of the accident. It is understood the players were making their way from their homes in Cheshire to United’s Carrington training complex.