Former Portugal manager says Cristiano Ronaldo still has not spoke with him after he was dropped in a game at the 2022 World Cup

by: fifa2022newsnet


  • The Al-Nassr forward was dropped for two knockout games in the tournament
  • Former manager Fernando Santos said that he does not regret his decision
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Former Portugal head coach Fernando Santos has revealed Cristiano Ronaldo has still not spoken to him since he dropped him in the 2022 World Cup.

Eyebrows across the world were raised when the ex-Real Madrid and Manchester United star was dropped from the starting line-up for Portugal’s last-16 clash against Switzerland. 

Goncalo Ramos’s fantastic hat-trick performance then kept Ronaldo out of the team for their quarter-final against Morocco, which they lost 1-0 despite bringing on the forward later in the game.

Now, Santos has revealed that Ronaldo has blanked him since their World Cup exit.

Speaking about dropping Ronaldo, Santos told Marca:  ‘I would make the same decision! It was a strategic decision. First I have to think about the team. 

Cristiano Ronaldo was dropped for Portugal’s last-16 clash and their quarter-final match

Fernando Santos, pictured, said to this day he does not regret his decision to drop him

Fernando Santos, pictured, said to this day he does not regret his decision to drop him

‘I thought strategically that it was the best decision. My technical team and I, as you understand, discussed this matter, it was not an easy decision. 

‘Even for issues personal, friendship and so on, since it had a great weight. My trust in him was the same,’

‘Everyone who was there thought we were going to be world champions. If we had beaten Morocco and against the next rival France, perhaps Cristiano would be in the starting eleven.’

He then added: ‘Anyway, in terms of the pace of the game, it was his worst moment. He had no rhythm. We tried, during the games leading up to the World Cup, and then in the first games, to give him some rhythm, which was what he lacked.

‘When I called him in the morning to tell him that he was not going to be a starter, He misinterpreted my decision. If it were today I would make the same decision.’

Ronaldo has recently made headlines after his Al-Nassr manager said Ronaldo was ruled out of their Asian Champions League tie with Al-Duhail because he is suffering from ‘fatigue’.


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