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Portugal bench captain as troublesome World Cup continues

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Portugal‘s Cristiano Ronaldo was once more left on the bench, this time for Saturday’s World Cup quarterfinal in opposition to Morocco, as his irritating match took one other flip for the more severe.

Ronaldo, axed from his nation’s earlier match on the World Cup, needed to as soon as once more make do with a spot among the many substitutes for Portugal’s last-eight showdown on the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos blasted Ronaldo’s response to being substituted of their 2-1 Group H defeat in opposition to South Korea after which dropped him for the round-of-16 match in opposition to Switzerland, which Portugal received 6-1. Ronaldo’s substitute, Goncalo Ramos, scored a hat trick within the victory and saved his place within the beginning XI on Saturday.

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Ronaldo appeared visibly annoyed when he was changed within the sixty fifth minute in opposition to South Korea, with cameras catching the 37-year-old showing to say, “He is in a rush to sub me.”

Portugal’s Soccer Federation (FPF) denied media studies that Ronaldo threatened to go away the nationwide group within the wake of Santos’ choice to drop the captain, who has discovered the web as soon as — a penalty in opposition to Ghana within the group stage — in Qatar. The aim marked a uncommon excessive level for Ronaldo on the match, making him the primary male participant to attain at 5 World Cups.

“The FPF clarifies that at no time did the captain of the nationwide group, Cristiano Ronaldo, threaten to go away the nationwide group at any stage in Qatar,” the FPF mentioned.

“A bunch too united to be damaged by exterior forces,” Ronaldo mentioned in an Instagram submit on Thursday. “A nation too courageous to let itself be frightened by any opponent. A group within the truest sense of the phrase, which is able to struggle for the dream till the top! Consider us! Go forward, Portugal!”



Gabrielle Amado believes Fernando Santos will hold Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench within the World Cup quarterfinals.

Ronaldo is at a crossroads in his profession and is a free agent in Qatar, after Manchester United agreed to mutually terminate his contract following an explosive tv interview through which he took intention at Erik ten Hag, the United supervisor, amongst different targets together with United’s homeowners, the Glazer household. Ten Hag mentioned he solely found that Ronaldo needed to go away the Premier League membership after the ahead’s tell-all. interview with TalkTV.

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Experiences in Spain claimed on Monday that Ronaldo will play for Al-Nassr from Jan. 1, having agreed a 2½-year contract with the Saudi group — a deal reportedly price €200 million per season. Ronaldo mentioned after the Switzerland match that the studies are “not true.” Whereas Al-Nassr is the most effective and solely provide Ronaldo has on the desk, he has not signed something with any membership, sources informed ESPN.

The winners of Portugal in opposition to Morocco face both England or France within the World Cup semifinals, with Croatia and Argentina reserving their locations of their final 4 on Friday.

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