Photo: File
Photo: File

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Portugal star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo faces a ‘political ban’ from the FIFA World Cup.

At the FIFA World Cup, Ronaldo was left out of the team’s starting line-up in the Round of 16 match against Switzerland, his replacement Goncalo Ramos scoring a hat-trick.

Apart from this, he was not a part of Portugal’s first XI in the quarter-final against Morocco.

According to foreign media reports, during a speech at a youth event on Sunday, the Turkish president said that Ronaldo was wasted, politically banned from the World Cup.

He said that sending a footballer like Ronaldo off the field with only 30 minutes left in the match destroyed his psyche.

The Turkish president further said that Ronaldo is a player who stands for Palestine.