Furious South Korean football fans are looking for remuneration after Cristiano Ronaldo neglected to take to the pitch during a Juventus pre-season amicable.

The whiz was contracted to play 45 minutes when the match against K League All Stars was declared, coordinators state, however he remained on the subs’ seat.

Fans lost control when he made no indication of binding up his boots, notwithstanding reciting the name of his opponent Lionel Messi.

Some have now connected with Seoul law office Myungan to document a claim.

They are looking for remuneration of 70,000 won (£48.50; $59) per ticket, 1,000 won for the ticket commission fee, and 1m won each for compensation for “mental anguish”.

“Normally in such cases the plaintiffs will be refunded the price of the tickets, but I put this under a special case since the company, through false advertising, took advantage of the football star’s fans,” a lawyer from the firm told Reuters.

“As for the mental anguish part, I’d like to say some of them are raucous fans, the real avid fans. So for them it is very painful because they love Ronaldo and want to protect him, but they can’t, given the situation,” he added.

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