Portugal Coach Makes Decision On Ronaldo As Portugal Captain
Portugal coach Fernando Santos has made a decision on whether Cristiano Ronaldo would remain as captain of the national team.
Santos has defended the 36-year-old from recent criticism while insisting the five-time Ballon d’Or winner would remain as captain of the Portugal national side.
Cristiano Ronaldo was wrongly denied a winner in Portugal’s 2-2 draw with Serbia on Saturday. Replays showed the ball more than crossed the line and should have been counted as a clear goal.
However, Ronaldo did not take that decision and showed his fury after the game. The 36-year-old threw his captain’s armband down and stormed off the pitch after seeing the goal ruled out.
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Meanwhile, following his position as Portugal captain, many feel Cristiano was excessive in his frustrations, with former international teammate Fernando Meira among those to have criticized the former Real Madrid man.
But Portugal coach Fernando Santos has defended his captain, saying it was only a moment of ‘frustration.’
Here is what he said as per Football Italia: “It was just a moment of frustration. Cristiano will remain the captain. He is an example for everyone.”
“If he had offended the coach or his teammates, we would have thought about it, but nothing of this happened.”
“He always wants to win, and he was very frustrated. He gives everything to his national team.”
“He published a social media post ten minutes after the game, but nobody says it was nice from him.”