Portugal captain was additionally dropped from the beginning lineup for the last-16 match towards Switzerland.
Cristiano Ronaldo is not going to be in Portugal’s beginning XI for its World Cup 2022 quarter-final towards Morocco after being named as one of many substitutes for the second match working.
Ronaldo, Portugal’s captain, was dropped from the starting lineup for the last-16 match towards Switzerland after the five-time Ballon d’Or winner reacted angrily to being substituted towards South Korea within the aspect’s closing group match.
The previous Actual Madrid and Manchester United ahead appeared indignant on December 2 after he was taken off 25 minutes from the top of Portugal’s match, which they misplaced 2-1.
There have been blended reactions from followers of the group in Qatar, about Ronaldo dropping his first-team spot in successive video games.
For Ronaldo fan Daniel Chiu from Kuala Lumpur, soccer is a group recreation, and if the ex-Actual Madrid participant needs to be benched right this moment, so be it.
“Ronaldo has been among the best gamers of his era with Messi. However a group is made up of 11 gamers, not one,” the 44-year-old engineer instructed Al Jazeera. “The coach and his employees know what’s greatest for the entire group. And if beginning Ronaldo works, then certain, in any other case, no drawback.
Maria Rodrigo, 34, believes there was an excessive amount of “negativity” about Ronaldo within the media and he’s nonetheless the group’s “greatest participant”.
“He may not be having one of the best kind, however he’s nonetheless superb and has given Portugal a lot, the media simply likes to create a lot negativity,” Rodrigo, who’s from Lisbon however lives in London, stated. “It could be a disgrace if he doesn’t begin. Nobody desires to win greater than him.”
Following the South Korea recreation, Portugal supervisor Fernando Santos made his emotions clear about his star striker’s response through the pre-match information convention on Monday.
“I didn’t prefer it, by no means. I actually didn’t prefer it,” Santos instructed reporters. “However from that second onwards, all the things is completed, full cease, relating to that challenge,” Santos stated. “Now, we now have to consider tomorrow’s match, and everybody is concentrated on tomorrow’s match.”
Ronaldo got here on for the sport towards Switzerland on December 6 within the 72nd minute and was unlucky to not rating within the 6-1 rout of the Swiss aspect.