Cristiano Ronaldo caused a bit of a stir with this photo (Picture: Instagram)

Cristiano Ronaldo has caused some controversy on social media today by posting a photo of himself resting his foot on a Buddhist statue.

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The Real Madrid forward thought he’d treat his 79.7 million Instagram followers to this picture of himself perhaps trying to get in touch with his spiritual side.

Unfortunately, it’s backfired massively as many people have left comments calling his pose offensive for resting his foot on the religious symbol.

Bom dia

A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Oct 20, 2016 at 12:25am PDT

‘hi dude but its basic knowledge that you cannot put your foot on a religious statue,’ one commenter said.

Others reacted more angrily, demanding that he take the photo down, but it’s still there after six hours.

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