Jörg Wolfram reports from Qatar
Yes, we spoke, said Santos.
It would be bad if I didn’t speak with him.
After all, Ronaldo was his captain and offered the group, Portugal, for individuals, and normally provided football a lot.
So: We spoke on the match day after lunch. I described to him why he is not in the starting eleven.
The 37-year-old was not supposed to refer to the starting line-up later.
He should not be surprised. I informed him: ‘You are very important, but you are not in the beginning eleven against Switzerland.
He described to him that, depending upon the course of the game, he planned Ronaldo for the 2nd half.
He never ever stated that he wished to leave the team
The abject superstar was obviously not delighted.
He asked me if I believe this was truly an excellent concept.
However, it was a normal, open home entertainment, stated the coach.
I described and he accepted it.
At the exact same time, the 68-year-old contradicted reports that CR7 desired to leave: He never ever told me that he wanted to leave the team.
The world record objective scorer had turned a penalty at the competition kick-off at the 3-2 versus Ghana and thus no gamer had actually succeeded in five final rounds.
In total, he scored 118 goals in 195 worldwide matches.
Against Uruguay and South Korea, the previous top goalie had actually no longer consisted of, however rather the first gene gate in the 1: 2 versus the Asians.
Ronaldo as an example of team spirit
Coach Santos nonetheless referred to the professionalism of the old star: his habits was an example of group spirit.
He warmed up with the group prior to the video game against Switzerland, despite the fact that he initially rested on the bench.
And in the end he encouraged his associates to celebrate with the fans.
Nevertheless, the star initially entered into the curve alone when the associates came, he left the square.
Oh yes, just one thing: he does not believe there are truly people in Portugal, the hoped to scaly with the Select.
This was created with a view to vital voices from home, according to which individual gamers from the Select had responded in a surprise that Ronaldo was not brand-new to his own supervisor in Qatar.
Particularly since Ronaldo likewise had parts of his own staff at other tournaments.