Portugal's national football team forward Cristiano Ronaldo
Rio Ferdinand Says Cristiano Ronaldo Returning to Manchester United is ‘The Stuff of Dreams’ Photo by Patricia De Melo Moreira/AFP via Getty Images

Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo is being investigated by Merseyside police, reviewing the CCTV footage to identify if he committed an offense by knocking the mobile phone out of an Everton supporter's hand following the team's 1-0 Premier League defeat Saturday.

Footage emerged on social media showing Ronaldo swiping his hand towards the ground as he walked off the pitch and headed for the tunnel at Goodison Park. According to witnesses, the 37-year-old had knocked a fan's phone out of his hand and the phone was reportedly smashed.

Ronaldo posted an apology on Instagram in connection to the incident, sharing that "it's never easy to deal with emotions'' during the hard moments of the team. The striker then apologized for his outbursts and even invited the fan to watch a game at Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, Spanish former footballer, Jose Enrique has called out Ronaldo for his actions, he tweeted, claiming that Ronaldo "believes he's god." Enrique has previously named Ronaldo as the toughest opponent he ever faced in the Premier League, however, he continued that the former Real Madrid footballer is the "second best in the world" behind Paris Saint-Germain legendary player, Lionel Messi.

Man Utd told ESPN that they are also investigating the matter. A spokesperson for Merseyside Police claimed that both clubs were cooperating with them after reports of an alleged assault. "As players were leaving the pitch at 2.30 pm, it was reported that a boy was assaulted by one of the away team as they left the pitch," the spokesperson said.

"Inquiries are under way and officers are working with Everton Football Club to review CCTV footage and are carrying out extensive witness enquiries to establish if an offence has taken place."

Ronaldo returned to the Man Utd after missing the 1-1 draw with Leicester City due to illness. However, the Portuguese footballer was unable to lead the team to victory against Everton. The team is currently seventh in the Premier League table, facing the possibility of missing out on qualification for next season's Champions League as they are six points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester United v Atletico Madrid at the Old Trafford on March 15, 2022 in Manchester United Kingdom. Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

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