Ronaldo branded 'racist' after contentious Instagram picture

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo suffered a social media backlash after posting a controversial photo of himself and two friends wearing masks on a private plane, as the star forward prepared to join team-mates for EURO 2016.

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The major fallout from Ronaldo's post has actually centred around him captioning the image "tanned faces!" 

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Numerous comments branded the Portuguese star as "racist", with some questioning how Ronaldo could portray a tan with a black mask.

User @Hhary_podmoree commented "racist" in response to the post, while @Queenbiska said: "caption bit racist though (sic) @hoetep @muhtaad how's that tan faced with a black mask. My boy losing with the language barrier." 

“What an a****** move. Did you really think this was funny?,” @Anthoniafarfalli said.

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But it wasn't all doom and gloom for the mercurial attacker, with some fans leaping to his defence.

"@mark.ragel people are calling this racist... What a terrible world we live in if this is considered racist," @tomconnolly said.

"Whoever considers this racist really needs to get a life ... you can't say anything anymore .. incase you offend someone...," @dreamhomeinsp said. 

While more users saw the post in a negative light it has drawn additional attention to Ronaldo and Portugal's EURO 2016 campaign, which kick-offs on Wednesday 15 June (AEST) against Iceland.




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Published 7 June 2016 at 11:37am
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