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Top ref brands Real Madrid star Ronaldo big CHEAT

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been branded a CHEAT by top ref Claus Bo Larsen. Larsen, 45, took charge of his final Champions League game this week as Ajax beat AC Milan in the San Siro.

Now he has revealed Real Madrid's former Manchester United star Ronaldo is the "most irritating player" he has handled during his 14-year career.

Larsen, who took charge of the Champions League semi-final first leg between Manchester United and Arsenal last year, said the Portuguese international is "always out to get a cheap free-kick, especially at home.

"We tended to talk in the referee's room before games about how he would go down easily. We know not to be biased, but we have to be prepared.

"He has a clean slate at the start of every game. When he would lie down after failing to win a free-kick, he would smile at me because he knew I didn't fall for his stunts."

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