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Ronaldo’s Act Of Solidarity With Palestinians?

A few weeks ago, Israel drew against Portugal in a World Cup qualifier, after squandering a lead at the death knell of the game. But the news I missed until today is that Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo did not exchange his shirt with any Israeli player, prompting palestinian supporters to claim it was a deliberate snub in show of support for their cause.

ronaldinoPalestinian supporters claim Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo publicly endorsed their cause by refusing to swap shirts with Israeli players during Friday’s World Cup qualifier in Tel Aviv.

After the match Ronaldo walked straight off the pitch rather than exchange his shirt for an opposition player’s, a ritual which is common in international football. He appeared to chat briefly to one Israeli player, before walking away.

However it is unclear whether this was a deliberate snub from the world’s most expensive player, who appeared angry and frustrated throughout the match.

In the build-up to the game, Ronaldo posted a picture of himself and his teammates in Tel Aviv on his Facebook page, describing it as a “great morning”. The comment drew a torrent of protest from Palestinians.

Despite the ambiguity, those who support an independent Palestine were quick to hail Ronaldo’s actions after the final whistle on Friday. A video of the alleged snub was posted on YouTube, attracting dozens of messages of support.

This is not the first time claims have been made of Ronaldo solidarity with the palestinians.

Only Ronaldo himself knows whether his act was a political statement or an act of frustration at his team’s performance. But given the rumors, the absence of a statement from him on the matter would seem to indicate – at the very least – that he does not mind this perception.

25 thoughts on “Ronaldo’s Act Of Solidarity With Palestinians?”

  1. Don’t hold this too much against Christiano, his political views of Portugal internal politics is very confused and your typical 19 years “good-guy” attitude. Listened to one of his interviews in Portuguese on the subject and it was embarrassing, so maybe He support the Palestinians but I doubt that this is an elaborate plan by him and mostly just him being frustrated.

    Portugal is not exactly known for the great manner of its people.

  2. This is soccer, yes? Who cares? If it were real football, as played in the United States, and exemplified at its best by those gods among men, the Green Bay Packers, then it might have some meaning.

  3. Khalid rahamti

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    1. humanity, love and compassion is teached mostly in christian and budha… so stop saying your religion is the real one.

  4. the most useless sport ever created and that israelis not only embrace, but somehow have football hooligans, befuddles me

    EMBRACE BASEBALL…THE ONLY REAL SPORT

  5. the reason he didn’t want to exchange shirts is because for 90 minutes he was being kicked, tripped, knocked over, deliberately fallen on as a tactic to throw him off his game. then he was handed a yellow card for being pissed off at the referee about it.

    would you want to shake hands and hand over a valuable and much prized jersey to someone who had been doing that to you all game?

    wasn’t about racism, wasn’t about politics. was about the only thing he could do to show how much he appreciated being screwed around with

    1. Christiano is very proud guy and He doesn’t like BS like this, so it makes sense.

      Did Aussie Dave watch the game before writing entry ?

      Because if they were really fouling around with his game I join him in sending the entire Israeli side to get lost in that place where the sun doesn’t shine.

        1. A quick look at the highlight shows that it seems that Christiano had reasons to be frustrated because his team almost screwed up the game and the Israeli defender were being too were not showing fair-play, basically trying to get fouls to stop counter attacks and doing overly aggressive tackling.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty2cxD7SIUU

          So we can be safe that this wasn’t political, and I can join Ronaldo in being unhappy about the whole game and the Israeli side.

  6. Jim from Iowa

    I propose a new rule for soccer. Whenever a player is caught faking an injury… You soccer fans know exactly what I’m talking about. Some guy brushes by him and the guy falls on the ground flailing as if he’s having a near-death experience. So my new rule would be the referee calls a penalty and gives the opposing team a free kick — at the offender’s nutsack! That would make this otherwise unwatchable sport somewhat less tedious for me.

  7. He looked pissed off by the team’s performance through the whole match and I don’t think he meant anything special by not swapping his jersey..

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  9. Bahhahaha you Americans love hating soccer why ?? Cause it’s the most popular sport in the world take that pipe and smoke it you pack of hicks and rednecks lol

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