FIFA has suspended Real Madrid player Cristiano the Spanish national team captain until the end of next year after a “very, very serious incident”.
The Spanish national soccer team is due to play a friendly against the United States on July 26 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Ronaldo’s decision to step down as team captain comes after he was charged with assaulting a fan during a preseason match in 2014.
The Portuguese defender had apologised for the “horrific” incident.
“I’m so sorry for my actions during the match,” he told the Spanish press.
“This is not my first time, but this is the first time I have been punished by the national side.”
He also said he would take “a few days” to reflect on the incident.
“I think I’ve got a little bit of responsibility for what happened but I am also a man who cares about others,” he said.
“So I will take a few days and reflect.”
The Portuguese forward was forced to retire in 2015 after spending more than 20 years with the club.
His contract was up after the end-of-season deadline but Real Madrid were keen to bring him back on loan.