Cristiano Ronaldo dropped to the bench for Portugal’s World Cup clash against Switzerland | Football
Cristiano Ronaldo has been dropped for Portugal’s World Cup last 16 clash against Switzerland tonight.
It comes after Portugal manager Fernando Santos admitted he was unhappy with the striker’s conduct as he left the pitch during the defeat to South Korea.
Record report the Portugal captain will be replaced in the starting XI by Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos.
Ronaldo was replaced in the 65th minute of his country’s final group game against South Korea on Friday with the scored tied at 1-1.
South Korea went on to score an injury-time winner to secure their place in the last 16, eliminated from the competition by Brazil on Monday.
The former Manchester United star, released by the Premier League side earlier this month, reacted angrily to his substitution and held his finger to his lips, although he later claimed that he was reacting to South Korea striker Cho Gue-sung, who was ushering him off the pitch.
Aasked about Ronaldo’s reaction, Portugal boss Santos replied: ‘Have I seen the images? Yes, I didn’t like it, not at all. I didn’t like it. I really didn’t like it.
‘But from that moment onwards everything is finished regarding that issue.
‘These matters are resolved behind closed doors. It’s resolved. Full stop on this matter and now everyone is focused on tomorrow’s match.’
Ronaldo scored from the penalty spot in Portugal’s group opener against Ghana but had another taken off him against Uruguay, with Fifa ruling he had not made contact with Bruno Fernandes’ cross.
Ronaldo’s club future has been the subject of intense speculation throughout the World Cup following United’s decision to terminate his contract.
Recent reports claim he has agreed to join Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr, with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner set to sign a two-and-a-half-year contract worth €200m (£173m) per season.
‘I haven’t spoken to him about this. We had a conversation with the players but I didn’t even know about this,’ said Santos.
‘I just heard about this when I arrived here. That’s his decision, that’s what he has to deal with and we are very focused here on the World Cup and his team, and that we spoke about.’
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