Cristiano Ronaldo has received support from Bruno Fernandes, a Manchester United and Portugal teammate.
Cristiano Ronaldo was criticized after Portugal’s disappointing 1-0 loss to Spain on Tuesday night, and Fernandes defended his Manchester United teammate.
He jumped to Cristiano Ronaldo’s defense after the Manchester United superstar put on yet another lackluster performance as Portugal fell to Spain 1-0 on Tuesday night.
The United duo lost in Braga as Spain defeated Portugal to advance to the Nations League finals thanks to a dramatic 88th-minute goal from Alvaro Morata.
And it was yet another challenging night for Ronaldo, who has struggled to move past his domestic problems during the break.
The striker, who has lost his place in the first team at Old Trafford under Erik ten Hag, had another blank against Spain and missed a few great chances.
The 37-year-old had already come under pressure from the Portuguese media to be benched for the crucial match after Ronaldo had also failed to impress during the decisive 4-0 victory over the Czech Republic at the weekend.
However, Fernandes argued that Ronaldo shouldn’t take the brunt of the blame for Portugal’s Nations League defeat and supported his teammate at Old Trafford to recover from his recent setbacks.
It wasn’t just Cristiano who failed, Fernandes said after Tuesday night’s game, according to Diario Record.
“We all tried, but we were unsuccessful. The Spain goalkeeper performed admirably.
There is no need to create exciting stories because Cristiano is fine and still has the same desire to support the national team.
In the same way as the rest of us, Cristiano was annoyed. Goals will eventually come his way because he wants to score them.
When you score, you’ll feel more at ease and be able to score many goals for us in the future. Keep in mind that you currently hold the team record for goals scored.”
Although he has only been able to make one Premier League start this season, Ronaldo has played a significant role for Manchester United in the Europa League.
The seasoned player, however, has only scored one goal in his two European starts and has failed to make an impression.
Although Ronaldo is almost certain to play in the World Cup, his chances of being a star at the championship match may be seriously jeopardized if he cannot find his form again.
After the game, however, Portugal manager Santos defended his talisman as well, dismissing concerns about Ronaldo’s position in the team.
Ronaldo will be hoping Erik ten Hag starts him in the Manchester derby on Sunday after starting both of Portugal’s Nations League games this month, but that may depend on Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial’s health.