FERNANDO Santos, the Portugal coach, said he wasn’t happy with how Cristiano Ronaldo reacted when he was replaced in their final World Cup group game.
After being substituted with 25 minutes remaining in Friday’s 2-1 defeat to South Korea, Ronaldo appeared enraged.
The previous Manchester Joined together and Genuine Madrid forward later said his dissatisfaction was focused on a rival player instead of Santos for taking him off.
Ronaldo disagreed with the Korean player’s claim that he was told to leave the field quickly.
In any case, Santos acknowledges that the team didn’t look its best, but he hasn’t said whether Ronaldo will lead the team in Tuesday’s last-16 match against Switzerland.
Santos stated these words during his press conference prior to the game:I didn’t like it at all when I saw the pictures.It really didn’t appeal to me.
“However, from that second onwards, everything is done – full quit concerning that issue. We now have to consider the match that is scheduled for tomorrow, and everyone is focused on that match.”
Santos responded, “Yes, I can still trust my captain. I don’t know because I don’t decide who will be captain until I get to the stadium. I don’t know who will be performing.
“That is what I have always done and will continue to do.
But the other issue has been resolved.It was fixed internally, and that was it.
Portugal’s campaign has been marred by Ronaldo’s presence, as his move to Qatar coincided with the tumultuous conclusion of his second stint with Manchester United.
He became the first player to score in five World Cups when he scored against Ghana, but his performances have generally been subpar and he has been the target of criticism in Portugal.
Over the weekend, reports surfaced that he had accepted a substantial offer from Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr.
Santos stated:I had no idea about this at all.He must make that choice and deal with that.The World Cup is our sole focus here.