In his newest book, Barcelona-based sportswriter Guillem Balague revealed that Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo routinely refers to Lionel Messi as "motherf*****." At first these allegations barely reach the level of "news reported in the Barcelona fan-papers"--I mean, "Pope Catholic" seems to be an equally interesting headline.
But just as the world seemed ready to laugh this non-news off, Cristiano Ronaldo took to Facebook to angrily denounce Balague:
"If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence."
"[t]he constitutional guarantees require, we think, a federal rule that prohibits a public official from recovering damages for a defamatory falsehood relating to his official conduct unless he proves that the statement was made with "actual malice" -- that is, with knowledge that it was false or with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not." 376 U.S. at 279-280.