Portugal suffered a dramatic loss to South Korea in the Qatar 2022 group stage final but that did not stop them from finishing as Group H leaders. Cristiano Ronaldo started all three group matches but was left out of the squad for the match. elimination phase.
The Portuguese national team will face Switzerland in the round of 16 and wants to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in many years. Ronaldo, playing in his fifth World Cup, was surprisingly on the bench.
Not only did the 37-year-old fighter score on his debut in the group, but it doesn’t look like an injury either. His absence from the starting line-up today will probably surprise many.
Why is Cristiano Ronaldo not starting against Switzerland today
According to Portuguese outlet Record, Portugal head coach Fernando Santos decided not to start Cristiano Ronaldo today after having an argument with the veteran striker. Santos revealed a few days ago that he didn’t like Ronaldo’s attitude after being subbed off against South Korea.
Will Portugal manage to go far in the tournament with Ronaldo on the bench?