sport

“Less Cristiano Ronaldo, more Portugal”


Cristiano Ronaldo may not want to accept it, but opinions are changing as to what he can offer club and country.

The 37-year-old wanted to leave Manchester United this summer to play Champions League football.

Getty

Ronaldo played 190 times for Portugal

However, no concrete offer was ever submitted and he had to settle for playing Europa League football with the Red Devils.

That’s even if he can step onto the pitch under new boss Erik ten Hag. The Dutchman wasn’t afraid to put the superstar forward.

The feeling was that he couldn’t fit into the system Ten Hag wanted to play and even though he could score goals, it hurt the overall cohesion of the team.

For Portugal, he has been an imperious presence since his debut in 2003, 19 years ago.

He has played 190 times and holds the record for most international goals with 117.

Ronaldo inspired his country to glory in the European Championship in 2016 and the UEFA Nations League in 2019.

Ronaldo is also captain of the Portugal team

Getty

Ronaldo is also captain of the Portugal team

He is undoubtedly one of the best players to play in international football, but there are growing calls for him to be removed from the starting XI.

One of the country’s biggest publications, A Bola, had the headline: ‘Menos Ronaldo, mais Portugal’, which translates to ‘less Ronaldo, more Portugal’.

He will surely be included in the Portuguese World Cup squad for Qatar and he still wants to be involved in the 2024 European Championship.

“I hope to be part of the Federation for a few more years,” said Ronaldo. “I always feel motivated; my ambition is great. I am in a team with young people. I want to be part of this World Cup and of Europe too; I’m going to assume right away.

Portugal will face Spain on Tuesday evening and we will find out if they will indeed be eliminated.

Watch the World Cup with talkSPORT

"Less Cristiano Ronaldo, more Portugal"

At talkSPORT, we’re powered by fans, so come join us for the ultimate World Cup fan experience this winter – at the talkSPORT fan zone.

In a huge covered room under the arches of Waterloo in London, we will bring you live screenings of every World Cup match.

There will be Q&A with talkSPORT talent, you’ll be part of our live shows and plenty of food and drink will be on offer too.

Come and have the best World Cup fan experience in London – and enjoy a free pint – with tickets for the England and Wales group stage matches on sale now HERE!



sports Gt

Not all news on the site expresses the point of view of the site, but we transmit this news automatically and translate it through programmatic technology on the site and not from a human editor.
Back to top button