The Portuguese Football Federation denied that the captain threatened to withdraw from the team in Qatar.
The Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) has denied media reports that Cristiano Ronaldo threatened to leave the Portuguese team’s camp at the World Cup in Qatar.
“The FPF clarified that at no time did the captain of the national team, Cristiano Ronaldo, threaten to leave the national team at any stage in Qatar,” the federation said on Thursday.
“The level of commitment of Portugal’s most capped player was once again shown… in the win over Switzerland.”
Ronaldo reaffirmed his commitment to Portugal and the team after the FPF statement was released.
Um group demasiado unido para ser quebrado por forças externas. Uma nação deasiado corajosa para se deixar atmorizar perante defied opponents. Uma equipped without verdadeiro sentido da palavra, que shoulder lutar pelo sonho até ao fim! Acreditem connosco! Forca, Portugal!🇵🇹🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/gUeENXSB5F
– Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) December 8, 2022
“A group too united to be broken by outside forces,” the 37-year-old wrote on Twitter.
“A nation too brave to fear any enemy. A team in the truest sense of the word who will fight for the dream to the end! Trust us!”
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner came on only in the 73rd minute.
It is the first time that Portugal’s all-time leading scorer has not been included in the national starting XI for a game at a major tournament since 2008.
Goncalo RamosThe young player to fill Ronaldo’s place in the 11 starting XI, who was just two years old when Ronaldo made his international debut, burst onto the world stage with a hat-trick in the old teacher’s absence.
The team has scored five goals without his iconic presence on the pitch, with the match ended with a score of 6-1 in favor of Navigators.
“He didn’t tell us about it because he never wanted to leave,” Portuguese midfielder Otavio told reporters.
“On the contrary, he always wanted to help, play or not play. Like I said, he’s our captain and when he talks to us it’s only to say nice things. The national team supports him, there’s no doubt about that.”
Ronaldo was abandoned at this World Cup, leaving his Manchester United club during the tournament amid a media explosion in which he lashed out at the team manager and owner of the club.
His future is still unclear, and with very few clubs having the money to pay his wage bill, some reports have suggested that he will move on. play for Al-Nassr megaclub in Saudi Arabia after the World Cup.
Real Madrid Coach Carlo Ancelotti also rushed to Ronaldo’s defense, highlighting his professionalism during his time at the Spanish club.
“I coached him for two years and had no problems,” he told Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport. “Actually, he solved them for me. Cristiano trains well, he pays attention to detail, everything is easy for me. He is a special player.”
Portugal in the quarterfinals to meet Maroc on Saturday at Qatar’s Al Thumama Stadium.
The Portuguese Football Federation said: “Cristiano Ronaldo is building a unique record every day in service to the national team and country.