Cristiano Ronaldo ‘marries’ boxer Badr Hari in anti-gay Morocco
The Real Madrid striker and BFF Badr Hari have shared a series of snaps of their recent bromantic holiday.
The pair seemed to have taken their friendship to the next level during their recent trip to Morocco – which operates strict anti-gay laws.
Last week, heavyweight kick boxer Hari posted a photo on Facebook of him holding up Ronaldo.
“Just married,” the caption said. “Always there to pick you up, bro.”
However, while its highly unlikely that the pair actually tied the knot, that hasn’t stopped fans fawning over the pair – who shared a host of fun poolside pics during their recent break.
Other snaps of the trip shared a candle-lit image of a traditional Moroccan meal, as well as a picture of the pair post “wedding”.
Ronaldo’s love of fashion, accessories and grooming has made him the subject of gay rumours in the past and he has been voted a gay icon by several publications.
However, he has shrugged off the adulation, saying: “I’m at ease with my sexuality so it’s not a problem for me.”
Back in 2010, the sports star commended Portugal’s decision to allow gay marriage.
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“As I am Portuguese, I try to keep myself informed about what is happening in my country,” he said at the time.
“We must respect the choices of each other, because, after all, all citizens should have the same rights and responsibilities.”
Same-sex sexual activity is a crime in Morocco, with a maximum possible sentence of 3 years.
Mr Cole and his Moroccan friend were subsequently released following a high-profile campaign.
Moroccan law penalises what it refers to as acts of “sexual deviancy” between members of the same sex, a term that police reports and court documents use to refer to homosexuality more generally.
Campaigners earlier this year condemned the jailing of two men accused of consensual same-sex activity in Morocco.