Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal limited to options

LUSAIL, Qatar ( Associated Press) — Cristiano Ronaldo was relegated to the substitutes bench in Portugal’s World Cup round of 16 game against Switzerland on Tuesday after suffering a concussion after being relieved in the last game of the first leg. Queue.

The 37-year-old star, who is playing his fifth and probably last World Cup, was substituted 65 minutes into the game against South Korea, looking visibly upset and gesturing.

Coach Fernando Santos said a day earlier that he did not like the player’s attitude, but assured that everything has been resolved behind closed doors.

They decided to confirm the replacements for the clash at the Lusail Stadium.

Gonzalo Ramos, who plays for Benfica, replaced Cristiano in the starting XI.

Before the start of the game, Cristiano entered to loud cheers from the Portuguese fans. He practiced with the rest of the substitutes for a few minutes and did a light jog. Close to him was João Cancelo, a winger who started in all three group stage matches and was also left out of the starting eleven.

Cristiano is looking for his ninth goal to tie Eusébio as the top Portuguese scorer at the World Cup.

He opened the tournament with a goal against Ghana and became the first player to score in five different World Cups. But he was ineffective in Portugal’s last two group games and was taken off midway through the second half of a 2–1 defeat to South Korea.

There is a feeling from a large section of fans in his country that he would do better as a relief.

This all happened just days after he terminated his contract with Manchester United after an explosive television interview in which he made accusations against coach Erik ten Haag and the owners of the English club.

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