The Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) has denied reviews that Cristiano Ronaldo threatened to stroll out on Portugal’s World Cup marketing campaign.
The 37-year-old used to be at the bench for his nation’s last-16 win towards Switzerland by way of Fernando Santos, having reacted poorly to being substituted within the last crew recreation towards South Korea.
Ronaldo got here on as a second-half exchange, however it used to be the primary time since Euro 2008 that the previous Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus ahead used to be ignored of a beginning lineup at a significant event, and he held summit talks with Santos on Wednesday.
Reports circulated on Thursday that all through the ones discussions Ronaldo, who acted petulantly all through his last few weeks as a United participant prior to the membership terminated his contract, warned he would flip his again on his nation and go away Qatar prior to Saturday’s quarter-final with Morocco.
But the FPF has briefly close down hypothesis and insisted Ronaldo has an “unquestionable degree of commitment to the national team”.
“News released this Thursday reports that Cristiano Ronaldo threatened to leave the national team during a conversation with Fernando Santos, national coach,” stated a remark. “The FPF clarifies that at no time did the captain of the national team, Cristiano Ronaldo, threaten to leave the national team during the internship in Qatar.
“Cristiano Ronaldo builds up a unique track record every day at the service of the national team and the country, which must be respected and which attests to the unquestionable degree of commitment to the national team.
“Incidentally, the degree of dedication of the player most capped by Portugal was again demonstrated – if necessary – in the victory against Switzerland, in the round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup.
“The national team – players, coaches and FPF structure – is, as it has been since the first day, fully committed and enthusiastic in building what the country wants to be Portugal’s best ever participation in a World Cup.”