Cristiano Ronaldo has turn out to be one of many largest cynosure on the 2022 FIFA World Cup whether or not he’s a part of the beginning XI or not or, whether or not he scores a aim or not. After the Round of 16 match in opposition to Switzerland, the place Ronaldo was benched earlier than changing a teammate within the second half, there was a report claiming a rift between the Portugal captain and his workforce over the choice. Ahead of the quarterfinal match in opposition to Morocco on Friday, Portugal supervisor Fernando Santos broke his silence over the rumours.
Santos revealed that Ronaldo wasn’t completely happy when he was knowledgeable in regards to the resolution on the matchday. Reports after the match circulated that the Portuguese celebrity was sad with the decision and had determined to depart the marketing campaign halfway.
“Yes we did have a conversation, and it would be very bad if we didn’t have this. Since I took the helm of the national team we need to talk and have a relationship with players, it’s normal, that’s my approach, to have a close relationship,” Santos mentioned, enjoying down the controversy.
Santos then defined how and the place he knowledgeable Ronaldo in regards to the resolution and the way the 37-year-old had reacted to it.
“When we had this conversation, it was on the matchday after lunch, I didn’t have a conversation with him before that, not on Sunday or Monday. It was on the day of the game after lunch. We met, I explained to him why he would not be one of the starters, I explained it to him so he would not be surprised,” he added.
“I explained to him that it was better for the strategy that he wouldn’t start, and that it was better for him to play in the second half.
“Cristiano was not happy about it. He has always been a starting player. He asked ‘do you think it’s a good idea?'”
Santos urged critics to leave Ronaldo alone, saying that he has been fully committed to the team, who now eyes a place in the semi-final when they take on high-flying Morocco.
“He has never told me that he wanted to leave the team. I think it’s high time we stopped this conversation,” Santos added. “An example of what i just said is what he did in the match. He started warming up with the players, he warmed up with colleagues and celebrated all goals scored. At the end he invited colleagues to thank fans. It’s high time for you to leave Ronaldo alone for what he has done for Portuguese football.”