International soccer megastar Cristiano Ronaldo appeared in a commercial for the Israeli cable television HOT – and was met with an intense backlash on social media from pro-Palestinian supporters.
On his Twitter account, Ronaldo posted a notice with a link to the video of the commercial. The spot features the Real Madrid striker appear alongside the Israeli comedy trio Ma Kashur.
In response, a number of Twitter uses submitted that Ronaldo should correct himself by noting that the commercial showed in "Palestine."
The soccer star received a boost from Israeli opposition leader and Labor Party head Isaac Herzog, who tweeted his support.
This is not the first time that Ronaldo has drawn the wrath of Israel opponents.
In 2013, the Portuguese phenom created an uproar on his Facebook page after posting a picture of himself and his teammates on the Tel Aviv beachfront, writing, “Great morning in Israel with my colleagues.”
Ronaldo was in Israel with his Portuguese national team to take part in a World Cup qualifying match.
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