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Erdogan says Cristiano Ronaldo was the victim of a political veto at the World Cup

Ankara, 26 Dec. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan affirms that the Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo was the victim of a political veto during the Qatar 2022 World Cup, which the president indirectly related to his alleged support for the Palestinian cause.

Speaking to a group of young people during a Turkish television program last night, he said that “unfortunately Ronaldo was wasted” in the World Cup, in which Portugal lost in the quarterfinals against Morocco (0-1).

“Unfortunately, they imposed a political veto on him,” the president said, adding that the player “is someone who defends the Palestinian cause,” Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency reported.

Of course, Erdogan did not elaborate on what he bases his statement on Cristiano Ronaldo’s alleged political support for the Palestinians.

“Sending a footballer like Ronaldo onto the field with only 30 minutes left in the game ruined his psychology and drained his energy,” said Erdogan, who before becoming a politician was a professional soccer player.

“According to the information I have received, (Cristiano) Ronaldo is now going to Saudi Arabia,” added the president, who was in Qatar for the opening match and the final.

The Turkish president also said that Argentina deserved to win the title because of their great game and because of Lionel Messi, “despite his age (that he is)”.

“But (Kylian) MbappĂ© is the future, he is 23, Messi 34. Now there is Mbappe; he is the future,” Erdogan concluded, referring to the young star who scored three goals for France in the final against Argentina. EFE

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