Cristiano Ronaldo left off Portugal squad for upcoming friendlies

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Embattled football star, Cristiano Ronaldo has been left out of Portugal’s squad for upcoming friendlies against Poland and Scotland.

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United star, regarded as one of the greatest to have played the game will miss the upcoming friendlies against Poland on October 11 and Scotland three days later.

Portuguese Football Federation president Fernando Gomes has also given his “total solidarity” towards Ronaldo as “his good name and reputation are being questioned.”

But Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed that the star will play for the reigning Serie A champions in Saturday’s league match against Udinese.

Ronaldo hasn’t played for Portugal since its defeat to Uruguay at the World Cup, missing games against Italy and Croatia in September.

He is next due to play for his club Juventus against Udinese on Saturday. He missed Tuesday’s Champions League victory over Young Boys following his red card against Valencia.

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo, who joined Juventus for £99.2m in July, has scored 85 goals in 154 games for his country and won Euro 2016.

“In the future, nothing prevents Cristiano from giving his contribution to the national team,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said.

In September, Santos said Ronaldo missed the internationals against Croatia and Italy because the player needed time to adapt to his move from Real Madrid.

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