World Cup 2022: Portugal Fans Want Cristiano Ronaldo Dropped Against Switzerland

World Cup 2022: Portugal Fans Want Cristiano Ronaldo Dropped Against Switzerland

  • A poll conducted by a Portuguese newspaper revealed 70 per cent of respondents want Ronaldo benched against Switzerland
  • Cristiano Ronaldo is having a subdued performance for Portugal in the ongoing World Cup in Qatar
  • The ex-Real Madrid striker is currently without a club after mutually terminating his contract with Manchester United

A resounding 70 per cent of Portugal fans want Cristiano Ronaldo dropped for their clash against Switzerland on Tuesday night.

Ronaldo and his teammates will lock horns against Switzerland in a last-16 World Cup clash at the Lusail stadium with the winner facing either Morocco or Spain in the quarterfinals.

But the five-time Ballon d'Or may not get the opportunity to get his fourth start in Qatar if a survey conducted by a Portuguese newspaper is anything to go by.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal, Qatar, World Cup 2022, Al Nassr, Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo missed a sitter against South Korea in Portugal's final group game. Photo by Pablo Morano
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Media outlet A Bola has ran a poll that asked readers if the former Real Madrid and Manchester United forward should start with two options "yes or no".

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The outcome revealed a shocking statistic as the overwhelming majority have said the latter, the Sun reports.

A resounding 70 per cent of fans see the Portugal captain as a substitute, with just 30 per cent believing he should retain his place.

Ronaldo's lost form

Ronaldo is not having a very flashy World Cup so far, despite his team's qualification to the round of 16 after topping Group H with six points.

The Real Madrid icon has scored just one goal at the Mundial, via a contentious penalty versus Ghana, before trying to allegedly get a Bruno Fernandes goal against Uruguay registered as his own.

He no longer has the physique and abilities of the past, and at 37 years of age, his time with the national team may be over.

Portugal's ferocious attack

Fernando Santos has an array of options at his disposal in Qatar. He can count on Rafael Leao, Joao Felix, Guedes, Andre Silva and Goncalo Ramos to lead his attack, but it appears Ronaldo's shadow obscures everything.

Ronaldo clashes with South Korean player

Sports Brief earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo had a minor confrontation with a South Korean player during their match at the Education City Stadium.

Portugal played the Taeguk Warriors in the last Group H fixture, with the latter looking for maximum points and positive results elsewhere to ensure progression.

After 65 minutes, Portugal Head Coach Fernando Santos decided to hook off Ronaldo was visibly upset with the decision. He appeared to mull a few words to the technical area before putting his hands on his mouth and telling him to shut up.

Santos has since clarified that Ronaldo wasn't addressing him but a South Korean player who wanted the former Manchester United striker to hurry off the pitch, as the Mirror reports.