Cristiano Ronaldo is out of Portugal’s squad scheduled to face Scotland and Poland in a doubleheader during the upcoming international break.
The European champions play at Hampden Park to face Scotland on Sunday, October 14 but will have to do so without their star player.
This decision comes against the backdrop of rape allegations levelled against the Juventus forward by Kathryn Mayorga who said the player assaulted her in Las Vegas in 2009. Ronaldo has since denied the allegations in a social media post on Wednesday.
As well as the match with Scotland and Uefa Nations League encounter with Poland, Ronaldo won’t be included in the squad for the country’s games next month Portugal coach Fernando Santos confirmed.
The manager said the decision was taken after a three-way conversation between him, Ronaldo and the head of the Portuguese soccer federation.
He refused to give details of the conversation, nor would he comment on Ronaldo’s state of mind, saying the information was private and personal.
Santos, however, stated he expects Ronaldo to play again for Portugal eventually. The 33-year-old, who moved from Real Madrid to Juventus in the summer is the country’s most experienced player with 154 national team appearances and its all-time highest scorer with 85 goals.