A gunman by the name of Santiago Sanchez Ramirez has been sentenced to nine years in prison after revealing photos of several Real Madrid stars taken in 2014 using his own sniper rifle.
The Spaniard, who has been known to perform these ‘mock attacks’ in order to highlight the lack of security and protection of government figures and members of the royal family, has now turned his attention to members of Los Blancos.
According to Spanish news outlet El Confidencial, Ramirez was supposedly in a van parked just outside the entrance of the La Liga side’s training ground, and caught ‘sniper photographs’ of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Isco, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema, former boss Carlo Ancelotti and current club president Florentino Perez.
When arrested, the police then found several other hard disks and computers with images of celebrities and other sporting stars, with some of them even being posted on social media, such as on Twitter and YouTube.
It has been reported that the club alerted the National Police of an eccentric man in a van after Ramirez had contacted them to facilitate him with the chance to photograph the stars with his sniper rifle. With these images, Ramírez tried to show that any potential attacker could approach the stars of the team, as he had done himself.
As a result, the man was found guilty in the High Court of illegal possession of firearms, and when questioned about his actions, Ramirez said: “I killed Cristiano Ronaldo and Florentino Perez. And I have shown that there are major security flaws. For players and fans.”
He also added he was not seeking any harm, but warns the leaders of the club that any terrorist could circumvent controls and commit kidnappings with ease.