Portuguese football icon Cristiano Ronaldo could potentially endure a punishment of ’99 lashes’ in Iran due to allegations of adultery stemming from an incident where he embraced a woman openly in public.

Title: Cristiano Ronaldo Faces Potential Sentence for Adultery in Iran

Subtitle: Soccer Star Hugged Married Woman, Sparks Controversy and Legal Action


Renowned soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo has found himself in hot water after a photo of him hugging a married woman went viral during his recent visit to Iran. The Iranian media has reported that Ronaldo could face a sentence of “99 lashes for adultery” if he ever sets foot in the country again. This article will delve into the details of the incident, Iranian law on adultery, and Ronaldo’s previous legal troubles. It will also touch upon the political tensions between the United States and Iran and the ongoing legal battle between Ronaldo and a woman accusing him of rape.

Ronaldo’s Visit to Iran:

According to the Daily Mail, Ronaldo visited Tehran last month as part of his team Al-Nassr’s participation in the Asian Champions League. During his visit, he met Fatima Hamimi, an Iranian painter who was a fan of his. Hamimi, who is 85% paralyzed and uses her feet to paint, presented Ronaldo with a portrait she had made for him. A photo was taken of the two, showing Ronaldo hugging Hamimi and allegedly kissing her on the cheek. The encounter was also captured on video and shared on the official Al-Nassr Instagram account.

Iranian Law on Adultery and Potential Consequences:

Under Iranian law, touching a married woman is considered equivalent to committing adultery. As a result, a significant number of lawyers in Iran have filed complaints against Ronaldo over the photo. If he were to return to Iran, he could potentially face a sentence of “99 lashes for adultery.” However, it has been mentioned that Ronaldo could be forgiven by a judge if he shows remorse for his actions or if the acts are deemed not punishable.

Ronaldo’s Relationship and Legal Troubles:

Ronaldo has been in a relationship with Spanish model Georgina Rodriguez since 2016, with whom he shares four children. However, he has had his fair share of legal troubles in the past. In 2017, he was charged with tax evasion and given a suspended two-year jail sentence and a fine, which was later reduced. More recently, a woman accused Ronaldo of raping her in Las Vegas in 2009. Ronaldo has consistently denied the allegation, but the case was dismissed in 2022. However, a lawyer representing the woman has appealed for the case to be reopened.

Political Tensions between the United States and Iran:

The incident involving Ronaldo comes at a time of increased political tensions between the United States and Iran. Iran recently issued a statement asserting that the U.S. could not renege on an agreement to transfer $6 billion in frozen funds through Qatar. This statement comes after the devastating Hamas attacks on Israel, and Iran argues that the money is meant to aid the Iranian government in providing essential requisites for its people.


Cristiano Ronaldo finds himself facing potential consequences for his actions in Iran, where touching a married woman is viewed as adultery under Iranian law. While the soccer star has not yet commented on the situation, legal action has been taken against him, and the possibility of lashes looms if he were to return to the country. This incident adds to Ronaldo’s previous legal troubles, including a tax evasion case and a rape allegation. It also occurs amidst political tensions between the United States and Iran. The story serves as a reminder of the complexities that can arise when sports, law, and international relations intersect.