Star Ronaldo issues appeal for missing girl

9 May 2007
Irish Independent
Patricia McDonagh

Manchester United's Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo has recorded an appeal for the return of missing Madeleine McCann. Ronaldo filmed the appeal in English and Portuguese before travelling with the United squad to London for tonight's game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, a close Irish family friend of the devastated English parents of missing Madeleine yesterday spoke of his shock at the tragedy.

Publican and close friend Joe Peoples last saw the four-year-old less than a month ago when she accompanied her family to St Johnston, Donegal, the homeplace of her paternal grandparents Ellen and Johnny McCann.

Mr Peoples, who now runs the pub formerly owned by Madeleine's grandparents, yesterday told RTE's Liveline programme that he has prayed everyday for her safe return. "I couldn't believe it when I found out who it was. I feel devastated; my heart goes out to the family. It's the saddest thing."

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