Christiano Ronaldo left off Portugal squad for upcoming matches

By On October 04, 2018

Christiano Ronaldo left off Portugal squad for upcoming matches

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Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus FC in action during the Srie A match between Juventus and SSC Napoli at Allianz Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Posted: Oct 04 2018 07:59AM EDT

Updated: Oct 04 2018 08:06AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) - Cristiano Ronaldo was left off Portugal's national team squad for a pair of upcoming matches, the decision coming Thursday as the soccer great fights rape allegations in the United States.

Ronaldo has been accused of rape by Kathryn Mayorga, who says the player assaulted her in Las Vegas in 2009. He has denied the accusation.

Ronaldo was left off the squad for Portugal's second game in the UEFA Nations League at Poland on Oct. 11 and a friendly match in Glasgow against Scotland three days later.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos said Ronaldo also will not be called up for the next round of international games in November.

Santos 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.

S antos said he expected Ronaldo to play again for Portugal eventually.

Ronaldo also missed Portugal's first two post-World Cup matches last month, with Santos saying then that Ronaldo had only just moved to Italian club Juventus and was still settling down there.

Santos used the 33-year-old team captain's absence last month to try out younger players.

Ronaldo, who is nearing the end of his playing career, is a national hero in Portugal and the country's best-known celebrity.

He is the country's most experienced player with 154 national team appearances, and its all-time highest scorer with 85 goals.

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