Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Portugal's June 7 friendly against Mexico in the lead-up to the 2014 World Cup due to a leg injury. But the biggest news isn't Ronaldo's injury, but the fact that a witch doctor from Ghana has claimed credit for causing it, the Guardian reported.
'His Injury Can Never Be Cured By a Doctor'
“I know what Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury is about, I’m working on him,” said Nana Kwaku Bonsam, who's considered the most influential witch doctor in Ghana.
“This injury can never be cured by any medic. They can never see what is causing the injury because it is spiritual. Today, it is his knee, tomorrow it is his thigh, next day it is something else.”
Interestingly, Nana Kwaku Bonsam, whose name means "Devil of Wednesday,” predicted back in February that an injury would keep Ronaldo out of the World Cup.
“I said four months ago that I will work on Cristiano Ronaldo seriously and rule him out of the World Cup, or at least prevent him from playing against Ghana. The best thing I can do is to keep him out through injury."
Ghana will face off against Portugal on June 26. At this point, it's unclear what Cristiano's prognosis is. Real Madrid just confirmed that Ronaldo has tendinosis, or chronic tendinitis, in the left knee. The Portuguese superstar is also suffering from a muscle injury in his left thigh.
Ronaldo, 29, has been plagued by injuries this season, although that didn't stop him from leading Madrid to the Champions League title last month. Earlier this year, Cristiano received the coveted Ballon d'Or in recognition of his incredible achievements in 2013.
Meanwhile, Paulo Bento, manager of Team Portugal, refused to say whether Ronaldo will be cleared for World Cup action. "The situation is evolving," Bento told reporters. "As soon as he is ready to train, we will make that announcement."
Most Marketable Footballer in the World
Ronaldo, who's captain of the Portugal squad, has long spoken of his desire to win the World Cup, but admitted that Portugal is not favored to win against soccer powerhouses like Germany, Spain, Argentina and Brazil.
Despite his recent injury, Cristiano has been having a stellar year. He was recently named the most marketable footballer in the world. According to sports marketing experts Repucom, a stunning 83.9% of the world knows who Ronaldo is, and he is considered the most "trend-setting" footballer around.
Still, Ronaldo has his share of detractors and haters. But he said the Haterade only inspires him to elevate his game. "I answer those booing fans with my game on the pitch," he said.
In 2009, Cristiano made international headlines when Manchester United agreed to sell him to Real Madrid for a stunning $131 million transfer fee, making him the most expensive player in European football history.
Despite his success, Cristiano, who earns $105 million a year (not including endorsements) still has a burning ambition to constantly improve his game and has no intention of resting on his laurels. "I want to get better and better," he said. "My ambition is huge."
Ronaldo's incredible career and work ethic were profiled in the book Ronaldo: The Obsession for Perfection. Cristiano will lead Portugal as team captain at the 2014 World Cup, which kicks off in Brazil June 12.
2014 World Cup Odds (via Odds Shark)
- Brazil 3/1
- Argentina 9/2
- Germany 11/2
- Spain 7/1
- Belgium 14/1
- Netherlands 28/1
- France 22/1
- Italy 25/1
- Colombia 28/1
- England 33/1