Girl, 11, fined over £2,500 after living "dream" by getting Ronaldo’s shirt

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The young girl who ran out onto the pitch after Ireland's match against Portugal on Thursday has been fined over £2,500.

11-year-old Addison Whelan sprinted towards Cristiano Ronaldo after the full time whistle in Dublin to ask the Manchester United superstar for his shirt.

He duly obliged and gave the youngster a quick hug before she was escorted away by security.

But getting her hero's shirt has come at quite a hefty price.

Speaking to Irish radio station FM104, Addison revealed she'd be fined three thousand euros for her actions – but luckily her dad says he's happy to cover it.

"I was fined for running onto the pitch. My dad's going to pay it," she said.

Explaining how she got on the pitch, Addison told RTE Radio 1's Morning Ireland: "I jumped over the barrier because I was in the second row. I jumped over the first row and over the barrier.

"Then I sprinted onto the pitch, but there was security guards running behind me and there was another two coming from the other corner so I just kept sprinting.

"Then I was just screaming Ronaldo's name. He turned around and he saw me and he was telling them to leave me.

"So then I was calling him over. He came over to me. I was just in shock and crying and I was like 'can I have your jersey? Please, please. I'm a big, huge fan'.

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"When my dad seen him taking off the shirt, my dad's face was just in shock.

"I was like 'oh my God, this is it, this is my dream, it's finally coming true'. That was probably his last time playing in Ireland."

The match itself ended in a 0-0 draw, with Portugal centre-back Pepe's late red card the only noteworthy incident of the evening.

Portugal are level on points with Serbia at the top of Group A while Ireland remain second from bottom with just one win from seven games.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Manchester United FC
  • World Cup

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