Portugal FA Reveals the Truth About Ronaldo's Alleged Threats to Quit World Cup

Portugal FA Reveals the Truth About Ronaldo's Alleged Threats to Quit World Cup

  • Portugal's FA has come out to dismiss reports claiming Cristiano Ronaldo wanted to leave the Portugal camp
  • Ronaldo surprisingly started on the bench in Portugal’s World Cup last 16 clash against Switzerland
  • Portuguese media outlets started reporting that there was a fall out between Ronaldo and management

Reports claiming Cristiano Ronaldo wanted to quit the Portugal camp because he was dropped for the World Cup Round of 16 clash against Switzerland are false, the Portuguese FA has stated.

The free agent was replaced by Goncalo Ramos in the starting XI on Tuesday, December 6 in what was a bold move from Portugal coach Fernando Santos.

Portugal went on to record an emphatic 6-1 win over the Swiss team to set up a quarter final clash with Morocco.

Fernando Santos, Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal
Fernando Santos, head coach of Portugal talking Cristiano Ronaldo during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16 match.Photo by Richard Sellers
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Ronaldo’s situation with Fernando Santos gave hints of DeJa'Vu to how his Manchester United stint came to an end.

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However, the Portugal FA has moved swiftly to quell any tension brought on by media outlet Record, who initially broke the story.

“Reports claiming Cristiano Ronaldo threatened to leave the national team during a conversation with Fernando Santos are not true — FPF clarifies that at no time did Cristiano threaten to leave the national team in Qatar”. Their statement read.
"The national team - players, coaches and FPF structure - is, as it has been since the first day, fully committed and enthusiastic in building what the country wants to be Portugal's best-ever participation in a World Cup."

Santos’s stance on Ronaldo

Meanwhile, the Portugal boss strongly hinted that Ronaldo is still not guaranteed of a starting place in the Portugal squad for the upcoming games but maintained that the 37-year-old remained an important part of the team.

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When quizzed about Ronaldo’s status after the win over Switzerland, the tactician said:

"That is still something that has to be defined.” He said as quoted on Sky Sports.
"I will always consider in my role that he is an important player to have in the team."

Ronaldo prefers winning World Cup

Sports Brief also reported on Ronaldo’s stance regarding whether he would rather win the World Cup or keep scoring goals for his national team.

The former Manchester United forward has already bagged two goals for Portugal at the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup but has now lost his place to Goncalo Ramos who scored a hat trick against Switzerland.

Source: Sports Brief News