Interest in Cristiano Ronaldo (independent) continues. Portugal wants to focus on the game.
Portugal will play Morocco on the 11th (Korean time) in the quarterfinals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
According to the British media ‘Daily Mail’ on the 9th, Portuguese coach Fernando Santos mentioned Ronaldo at a press conference held before the match.
“I spoke to him after lunch on the day of the Swiss match. I hadn’t had any conversations before. He explained why he couldn’t compete,” he said.
“I called him into my office and we talked. He said, ‘It’s better for our strategy now that Ronaldo isn’t playing.’ accepted,” he added.
Portugal, who advanced to the quarterfinals with an excellent record of 3 wins and 1 loss, is one of the strongest contenders for the title. However, the atmosphere within the team is not very good. This is because there are many stories related to Ronaldo.
The initiation started with the introduction of replacements. Ronaldo, who started in all three group matches, was put on as a substitute in the round of 16 match against Switzerland. He stepped onto the field in the 29th minute of the second half, but the game had already been decided. Ronaldo, whose pride was hurt, went to the locker room alone, unlike the Portuguese players who were delighted after beating Switzerland 6-1, was reported.
Ronaldo’s role seems to be gradually decreasing. As a result, reports came out that Ronaldo’s dissatisfaction had grown. Portuguese media ‘Hecord’ reported that “Ronaldo threatened to leave the team in a conversation with national team coach Fernando Santos.”
In response, the Portuguese Football Association denied that “Ronaldo has never threatened to leave the national team.” Ronaldo also posted an article on his social network service (SNS), “A united group that is not broken by external forces. 토토사이트 A brave country that is not afraid of any opponent. A team in the true sense of the word that fights for a dream until the end.”
Ronaldo wants to put an end to the controversy. “It’s time to leave Ronaldo alone. I appreciate what he has done for Portuguese football, but 90% of the questions are related to him,” said Santos.