Before Portugal’s final friendly before the World Cup in Qatar, Fernando Santos addressed the media, and Cristiano Ronaldo was the centre of attention.
Ronaldo will not play against Nigeria on Thursday due to gastroenteritis, according to Santos, as Portugal gets ready for their World Cup debut on November 24 against Ghana.
The five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or is having a challenging campaign and is ready to depart Manchester United.
In 16 games this season for the Premier League team, Ronaldo has scored three goals. His latest Seleçao goals came in the 4-0 Nations League victory against Switzerland in July, when he scored twice.
Regarding Ronaldo’s discussion with Piers
On Ronaldo’s interview with Piers Morgan
“We only talk about Qatar here,” Santos said before stressing that he respects Ronaldo’s decision to do the interview with Piers Morgan, an interview he described as “personal”.
“He [Ronaldo] didn’t have to speak or inform the Federation, what does this have to do with the national team? How does this affect the national team? What interests me is what he does here [with Portugal]. And here we only talk about Qatar. It’s his decision and we respect it. We have to respect it. It doesn’t affect us at all,” explained Santos.
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