When in a tight spot, Cristiano Ronaldo invariably escapes with a burst of speed and flash of his extraordinary footballing skill.

This time, however, even the flamboyant Manchester United star would have been grateful for simply being able to walk away in one piece.

His relief at emerging unhurt from a crash which wrecked his 200mph Ferrari will have been matched by manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who must have feared the worst when he heard his £60million-valued World Player of the Year had been in such a spectacular smash. …read more