After being criticized for tossing the Portugal captain’s armband away, Fernando Santos continues to look up to Cristiano Ronaldo as the leader.
The recent Ronaldo incident created a nationwide vex as the Portuguese were denied a match-winning goal against Serbia. Everyone witness an angry Cristiano Ronaldo throwing his Portugal captain’s armband on the ground before storming off the pitch to the locker room. As a result of this event, Selecao only ended up drawing 2-2 with Serbia on Saturday in the World Cup qualifier.
Going down the memory lane, Cristiano Ronaldo was announced as the permanent captain for Portugal by Carlos Quieroz back in 2008. From there onwards, the superstar has taken charge of the national team to several glorious feats. The 36-year-old even became the all-time top goalscorer for Portugal in 2014 before winning the European title two years later. However, following the latest happening, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has been condemned for poor display of being a team leader on the top stage of football.
Fernando Santos Is Very Clear About His Decision With Ronaldo As Captain
Despite a negative impression, the Portugal boss urged that Ronaldo will face no punishment for his actions. Instead, he will remain in the possession of the Portugal captain’s armband forever. Santos told the reporters ahead of their Group A fixture against Luxembourg on Tuesday. “Yes, he will keep the armband. Forever. Cristiano is a national example.”
“If he had offended the manager, his team-mates or the federation in a thoughtless attitude, then we would have to address the situation. But nothing like that happened. It was a moment of huge frustration. And we are talking about a player who is unbeatable when it comes to his eagerness to win. Nobody will say now that his reaction was beautiful. But there’s no point to discuss if Cristiano should remain the captain. That’s something I want to be very clear about.”