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Ronaldo escapes injury in horror smash

Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo walked away unscathed despite writing off his Ferrari in a spectacular car crash near Manchester airport. His luxury sports car's front end was smashed to pieces as he collided with a roadside barrier. Pics: Ronaldo escapes accident

sports Updated: Jan 09, 2009 11:17 IST

Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo walked away unscathed on Thursday despite writing off his Ferrari in a spectacular car crash near Manchester airport.

His luxury sports car's front end was smashed to pieces and it lost a wheel as he collided with a roadside barrier while driving to training, the morning after a disappointing defeat for his team.

Ronaldo's team-mate Edwin van der Sar, United's goakeeper, was following in his Bentley at the time of the crash but was not involved in the collision, said police.

Skid marks were clearly visible leading up to the crash scene, and a photographer who arrived shortly afterwards described the 23-year-old Portugal winger's bright-red car as a "terrible mess."

But Greater Manchester Police said no one had been injured. "Officers attended and discovered a Ferrari had collided with a barrier," a statement said. "No one is believed to have been injured."

Witness Jody Lomax was driving behind Ronaldo when the collision occurred.

"The Ferrari went straight into the wall, his front left-hand wheel came off and then Ronaldo got out of the car," he said, according to the BBC.

"I was shocked. Anyway he was all right, he was walking -- he was a bit shaken... Obviously I was stunned at seeing a Ferrari go in the wall and seeing Ronaldo."

A spokeswoman for United said Ronaldo, the World Player of the Year, had not required treatment for shock or any other injuries and would be fit to play in Sunday's Premier League showdown with Chelsea.