Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has been a treading topic on social media since Wednesday, after posting on his personal social media accounts his new appearance in an Israeli commercial.
āThere are rumors that Iām going to be a star in Israel. Not in soccerā¦ In a HOT commercial,ā he twitted.
Palestinians, pro-Palestinian activists and Arabs from other states took to Twitter, YouTube and Facebook to criticize Cristiano Ronaldo for appearing in an ad belonging to an Israeli company.
One user commented: āYou spelled āOCCUPIED PALESTINEā kinda weird there.ā
Another one wrote on Youtube: āI love Ronaldo but when I seen [sic] this video now I hate him.ā
āYouāre just on the wrong side of historyā¦ Youāre so deceptiveā¦ The oppressed children of Gaza and Palestine will never forgive you for having sold your soul to Israel apartheid. What a disgrace,ā read one comment underneath Ronaldoās Facebook post.
Many others responded on Twitter with the hashtag #freepalestine. The tweet soon became a battleground between Israeli supporters and pro-Palestine ones, according to the PNN.
On the other side, Ronaldo was praised by Israelis and Israelās supporters.
One user wrote: āItās the country that provides medical treatment to the poor #syrian people and the only democracy in the #MiddleEastā as well as more aggressive ones like āto all the mohameds and ahmeds out there.. GET A LIFE! Involving politics and evil with football sucks.ā
The new commercial for Israeli internet company HOT sees the 31-year-old Portuguese player alongside three Israeli comedians.
In the ad, the three Israelis praise the speed at which they can watch Ronaldo playing by using HOTās 200MB cable connection when they are approached by Ronaldo himself.
Ronaldoās announcement garnered over 2,400 re-tweets and over 6,400 likes within the first 22 hours, as of Thursday.
The video itself had more than 130,000 views in just three days but has a 2:1 ratio of likes to dislikes because of the controversy surrounding Ronaldoās appearance on it.
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