Ghanaian priest claims responsibility for Cristiano Ronaldo's injuries, says he will never be cured

Brooks Peck
June 4, 2014
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, centre, laughs with teammates Fabio Coentrao, left, and Pepe prior a friendly soccer match between Portugal and Greece at the National stadium, in Oeiras, near Lisbon, Saturday, May 31, 2014. The game was a warm-up match for both teams ahead the World Cup in Brazil. The match ended in a 0-0 draw
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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, centre, laughs with teammates Fabio Coentrao, left, and Pepe prior a friendly soccer match between Portugal and Greece at the National stadium, in Oeiras, near Lisbon, Saturday, May 31, 2014. The game was a warm-up match for both teams ahead the World Cup in Brazil. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Cristiano Ronaldo has been frustrated by injuries as Portugal prepare for the World Cup. He was unable to play in their friendly against Greece due to a thigh strain and now the Portuguese federation says he also has tendinitis in his knee. The impact this will have on his ability to play in Brazil remains unclear, but a feared Ghanaian witch doctor Nana Kwaku Bonsam is taking credit for the ailments.

After Portugal and Ghana were put in Group G together with Germany and the USA, Kwaku Bonsam (which means devil) vowed he would prevent Ronaldo from playing by "inflicting him with a severe injury." Now, with a "special powder from his gods, he says Ronaldo's injuries are his doing and not, say, the result of a long a taxing club season.

From the Guardian:

“I know what Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury is about, I’m working on him,” Bonsam, who serves at the ‘Kofioo Kofi’ shrine, said in an interview with Kumasi-based Angel FM.

“I am very serious about it. Last week, I went around looking for four dogs and I got them to be used in manufacturing a special spirit called ‘Kahwiri Kapam’”. [...]

“This injury can never be cured by any medic, they can never see what is causing the injury because it is spiritual. Today,it is his knee, tomorrow it is thigh, next day it is something else.”

Making it so he can never be cured seems a bit much. Perhaps this is why Jurgen Klinsmann left Landon Donovan off the U.S.'s World Cup squad. So he could avoid a similar fate. Then again, Ghana have been doing a good job of cursing the U.S. team without such help.

Kwaku Bonsam is a well known fetish priest in Ghana who, according to a New York Times profile on him, deals in everything from curses to impotence.

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Brooks Peck is the editor of Dirty Tackle on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him or follow on Twitter!