Ghana doc says he jinxed Ronaldo

As if there wasn't enough hand-wringing and medical analysis over Cristiano Ronaldo's tired legs, Ghana's most influential witch doctor has joined the fray, claiming that he is responsible for the knee injury that threatens the Portugal talisman's participation at the World Cup, according to a report.

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The Portuguese FA (FPF) said on Wednesday that Ronaldo is suffering with a "muscle injury on the back of his left thigh as well as left-leg patellar tendinosis" as he works to be available for the Group G opener on June 16. Group G also includes the United States, Germany and Ghana.

Nana Kwaku Bonsam, a witch doctor whose name translates as "The Devil of Wednesday" and who plies his trade at the Kofioo Kofi shrine in Kumasi, claims he foresaw Ronaldo's injury back in February and that it is entirely his doing, according to The Guardian.

Nana Kwaku claims that he inflicted the injury on Ronaldo in a bid to help his native Ghana make it out of Group G unscathed.

"I know what Cristiano Ronaldo's injury is about, I'm working on him. I am very serious about it," he told local Kumasi-based radio station Angel FM.

"Last week, I went around looking for four dogs and I got them to be used in manufacturing a special spirit called Kahwiri Kapam.

"I said it four months ago that I will work on Cristiano Ronaldo seriously and rule him out of the World up or at least prevent him from playing against Ghana and the best thing I can do is to keep him out through injury.

"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 his thigh, next day it is something else."

Portugal will take on Mexico at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., on Friday, then Ireland at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on June 10.