Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan has had a year to forget.
Initially unable to play for his new club because of their transfer embargo and then unable to break into Luis Enrique's wildly successful side, the Turkey midfielder would have been hoping for a bit of escapism with his country at Euro 2016.
Sadly that hasn't been the case and his year hit a new low when he was jeered by his own fans during Turkey's 3-0 humbling against Spain on Friday for what they viewed as a lacklustre performance.
To make matters worse, the former Atletico Madrid ace reacted to the jeers - you can check out the video of the unsavoury incident below.
Since then his Barcelona team-mate Andres Iniesta has come out in his defence. "It's hard to hear the whistles of your own fans, I know it's very bad for Arda because he's a player with a high level and quality," Iniesta told Catalan newspaper Sport. "I gave [him] encouragement after the game and wished him the best... he's my friend."
However, it seems as though the support of Iniesta, and other Barcelona players who consoled him at the full-time whistle may not be enough.
It seems as though the rift between Turan and his team goes deeper than just his performances. The 29-year-old is said to have clashed with national team coach Fatih Terim, while the Turkish Football Federation have reportedly accused him of starring in too many adverts which have distracted him from his game.
Turan himself remains defiant over the issue, saying: “I have nothing to prove. I have worn this shirt more than 90 times and the times I’ve played badly can be counted on the fingers of one hand.”
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