Cristiano Ronaldo and his family are featured in Al-Nasser (from Al-Nasser's Twitter)
There were days when Cristiano Ronaldo considered Fernando Santos a "friend", as the footballer's partner, Georgina Rodriguez, once defined.
However, the decline in the status of the star in the Portugal team during the last World Cup led to an explosion between the coach and the striker, about which new details were revealed yesterday (Saturday) in the Portuguese newspaper "Courao de Mania".
Ronaldo, as I remember, opened the tournament with a goal in the victory over Ghana and was included in the lineup for the next two games in the group stage, when in the third he was replaced by Andre Silva in the 65th minute against South Korea, and his angry reaction could not be missed.
Cristiano claimed after the game that his anger was directed at an opposing player who urged him to get off the field faster, but Santos didn't care what the address was and he didn't hide his opinion: "I saw the pictures, did I like it? Not at all. But we'll solve it in the dressing room and that's all ", he announced.
Very high tension.
Fernando Santos with Cristiano Ronaldo (Photo: GettyImages, Francois Nel)
"You can't react like that, don't forget that I'm in control here," the coach clarified to the striker in the confrontation that took place after that incident, which according to the report led to "Santos destroying Ronaldo in front of his teammates."
Obviously, Cristiano didn't like the coach's decision to reprimand him in front of everyone, but the tensions only increased, as Santos later removed CR7 from the team ahead of the round of 16 meeting with the Swiss team.
Ronaldo was substituted, his replacement Gonzalo Ramos scored a hat-trick in a 6-1 win over the Swiss, and a few hours later the report came in the Portuguese "Record" that the top star in the squad raged on Santos when he found out that he was not in the 11 and even threatened to pack up immediately and leave Qatar, Claims that the Portuguese association refuted in an official statement stating that such a thing did not exist and was not created.
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It remains to be seen if this will be the end of him in the uniform of the Portugal national team.
Ronaldo (Photo: GettyImages, PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP)
The end is known to everyone: the striker came off the bench for 23 minutes against Switzerland and at the end went down alone to the dressing room.
At the moment of the final, he did not start again and was brought on at the beginning of the second half, but he was unable to prevent a sensational 1:0 loss to Morocco that resulted in elimination, as a result of which Santos ended his part in the Portugal team.
Roberto Martins, who was appointed last week as the new coach, said he would talk to Ronaldo, so it remains to be seen whether the successful striker's time in the national uniform is over or whether he will be able to repair the impression he left in Qatar.