Portugal’s Manager shares comments on Cristiano Ronaldo in relation to his performance in the World Cup following his Man United Exit

Portugal’s Manager shares comments on Cristiano Ronaldo in relation to his performance in the World Cup following his Man United Exit

The Cristiano Ronaldo scandal won’t stop Portugal’s quest for World Cup triumph, according to manager Fernando Santos.

Despite concerns that Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to ultimately leave Manchester United by mutual consent will affect Portugal’s chances of winning the World Cup, Fernando Santos has emphasized that the mistakes made four years ago have been learned from.

Ronaldo’s second stint at Manchester United came to a bitter end on Tuesday when the club announced that he would be leaving with immediate effect after Ronaldo claimed that he felt betrayed by the team.

Coach Fernando Santos stated on Wednesday, a day before Portugal’s World Cup opener against Ghana, that the drama surrounding captain Cristiano Ronaldo’s contentious exit from Manchester United won’t affect the team.

The 68-year-old did acknowledge that having a large number of players without contracts on his team hurt Portugal’s chances at the 2018 tournament in Russia.

However, he is encouraging Ronaldo to put all of his attention into the possibility of having his best moment rather than on what the future may hold now that his contract at Old Trafford has been terminated.

Santos, who led his country to victory at Euro 2016, is confident that his team will win the championship in Qatar despite Ronaldo’s contentious split from Manchester United just 48 hours before the start of the group stage against Ghana.

“The matter involving Ronaldo hasn’t even been brought up throughout our time spent together as a team,” according to Santos.

“Not even Ronaldo has brought up the topic of dialogue. I’m unsure if he speaks to the other players in private in their rooms. Then they are free to do anything they like.

The focus switched in 2018 when six or seven of our players traveled to Russia without a club or without having engaged in contact negotiations. But compared to the present, the situation was very different. It was incredibly difficult.”

Santos said his goal is to see Ronaldo raise the trophy on December 18, but pleasing the Portuguese people comes first.

“I’m not saying we are the world’s best squad, but we have a wonderful team with excellent players.

We are equipped to battle because we have the will, the dream, and the vision. Of course I want to win the World Cup, but what matters most is that our football makes the Portuguese people happy.” He added.

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