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Ronaldo stopped at sea by armed custom officers

Armed customs officers board Cristiano Ronaldo´s yacht off of Ibiza Ronaldo´s yacht said to have been stopped at sea

Real Madrid star was reportedly on yacht with girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez Armed customs and excise officers boarded boat ahead of a half-hour inspection. Armed customs officers are reported to have boarded Cristiano Ronaldo's holiday yacht as part of an inspection.

The Real Madrid star is said to have been stopped at high sea after leaving a restaurant on the paradise island of Formentera near Ibiza.  

Ronaldo, 32, was reportedly on the yacht with girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez and friends and family when the officials approached the vessel on a large boat. The routine inspection is said to have lasted around an hour and a half. 

Spanish society magazine Hola, which broke the news today, published pictures on its website of three officials boarding the yacht.  Hola reported: 'A Customs camera filmed everything that happened during the inspection. 'One of Cristiano's relatives was the person who dealt with the administrative work and showed them the documentation they asked for. 'Ronaldo stayed very calm and at no time did he get up to speak to the officials or ask about what was happening. The inspection is believed to have formed part of routine checks performed on vessels in the area, related to the paperwork on board to make sure the correct taxes have been paid. The Customs agents are understood to have left after discovering everything on board Cristiano's yacht, named as AYa London, was in order. Spanish Tax Agency officials are not expected to make any official comment.

A source quoted by leading Spanish daily El Mundo described the inspection as 'a routine control on vessels of the type that are carried out every summer in the Balearic Islands.' Officials are believed to have boarded the yacht yesterday afternoon. Customs agents are understood to have made their unexpected appearance just off the Formentera shoreline as Cristiano returned from a restaurant with his mother, girlfriend and children including his new surrogate twins Eva and Mateo. The Real Madrid star is currently enjoying his last few days holiday in the Balearics before the start of his club's pre-season.  Ronaldo is due to attend court at the end of the month to testify as part of an investigation into his tax affairs over claims he may have defrauded £12.9 million by paying insufficient tax over a four-year period. There is no suggestion the inspection and the court probe are linked in any way. 

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