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Manchester United, Aston Villa match: Roger Cook says show must go ahead despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence

Tourism Minister Roger Cook is trying to put on a brave face in light of the Cristiano Ronaldo no-show in Perth, insisting the international festival of football would still be a success without the superstar.

Ronaldo was supposed to be the star attraction of the football extravaganza but instead he is not coming to Australia — telling Manchester United he was dealing with a family matter.

The global superstar is also angling for a move to another European club after the Red Devils failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

The WA Government was salivating at the prospect of Ronaldo being in Perth, planning to get maximum exposure from his visit to WA.

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