Cristiano Ronaldo has been benched for Portugal’s Round of 16 clash against Switzerland at the Qatar World Cup.
Fernando Santos has opted to keep the 37-year-old on the bench in a huge decision, playing Goncalo Ramos instead.
However, Man United stars Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot are on the starting line-up.
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Earlier, Portugal coach Fernando Santos said he was unimpressed with Cristiano Ronaldo’s behavior after the forward reacted angrily when substituted during the team’s final group game at the World Cup in Qatar.
Santos, who said the matter was now closed, is preparing his team to face Switzerland in the last 16 on Tuesday. Ronaldo initially said he was “insulted” by a South Korean player as he was substituted in the second half of his side’s 2-1 defeat to the Asian side on Friday. But Portuguese media have shown images that suggest he used vulgar language in response to Santos’s decision.
Asked how he had reacted to those images, Santos told a news conference on Monday: “I didn’t like it at all. I didn’t like it at all.” But he said a line had been drawn under the incident. “Then these matters are resolved, resolved in-house,” he said. “They are over. It is the end of the story regarding this issue and now we’re thinking about the game tomorrow and everyone is fully focused on the match preparations.”