Trump suggests Ronaldo deserves more pay than women footballers: 'He draws in thousands'


DONALD Trump has weighed into football’s gender pay gap row, suggesting Portuguese stars Cristiano Ronaldo deserved high wages.

Donald Trump Cristiano Ronaldo

PRAIS: The president name dripped Ronaldo (Pic: GETTY )

The US President attempted not to take a side in the debate over whether female soccer players should be paid as much as their male peers.

However, he appeared to suggest there may be some justification for different pay.

“I love watching women’s soccer,” he told The Hill. “They’re really talented.”

He added: “I think a lot of it also has to do with the economics. I mean who draws more, where is the money coming in.

CHAMP: The Portuguese footballer is world famous (Pic: GETTY )

“I know that when you have the great stars like [Portugal’s Cristiano] Ronaldo and some of these stars… that get paid a lot of money, but they draw hundreds of thousands of people.

“But I haven’t taken a position on that at all. I’d have to look at it.”

Back in March, 28 members of the US women’s national team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against US Soccer, citing gaps in pay and resources.

ROW: Team members say they are discriminated against (Pic: GETTY )

Stars players Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn are leading the discrimination lawsuit.

On Friday, US Soccer confirmed that it has tentatively agreed to pursue mediation with the 28 US women’s national team players.

The mediation is set to take place after the World Cup ends.


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