Cristiano Ronaldo, this unique topic of discussion that exhausts the Portuguese

He wasn’t on the programme, but Cristiano Ronaldo called himself out to the media on Monday November 21, three days before Portugal entered the tournament against Ghana on Thursday at Stade 974 in Doha. CR7 is smiling and relaxed, and has a message to deliver. “When a player comes here for a press conference, don’t talk to him about me: talk about the World Cup, talk about the national team.”, advises the captain of the seleção. And to add more: “I don’t need to talk about Cristiano anymore. »

A stunning statement for adherents of the third person singular. The five-time Ballon d’Or player loves his country, represents it, and scores for it, but until now, he’s never been worried about gobbling up all of his media space. He may have guessed the irritation of some of his partners playing counsellors to comment on his actions, his gestures and, above all, his setbacks in recent months. There is something to be said. Tuesday 22nd November, Ronaldo once again found himself at the center of the news by announcing that he had breached his contract with Manchester United.

The day before, Bernado Silva was very polite like that. Answering a question about Ronaldo’s flamethrower interview with journalist Piers Morgan for the British channel Talk TV, in which he settled scores with his club Manchester United, Manchester United midfielder … City did not hide his anger: “We only talk about it in the last press conferences, when Portugal has a World Cup to play and it’s more important than that.”

The former Monaco player takes aim at the media – starting with the English journalists, who are very present and more interested in Ronaldo’s mood than in Portugal’s fate at this World Cup – but his statement says a lot about fatigue. years.

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Starting with Bruno Fernandes. A teammate of Manchester’s ‘CR7’ ahead of this World Cup, the playmaker has thrived once again since the compatriot was relegated to the bench. In Portugal, the relationship between the two men provides inexhaustible material for many talk shows on football. Especially since their very new handshake video, released by the Portuguese Federation on November 15th. “I have a very good relationship with him, it was just a jokeRonaldo confirms. His plane was delayed, so I asked him if he had come by boat. »

Less Ronaldo, more Portugal

Two days earlier, Fernandez confirmed the captain’s charter transcript into a Sky Sports microphone and lamented the extent of the episode. “We have a problem in Portugal: I was watching TV and they talked about this case for 45 minutes, explaining that there was a cold. And when the audio of the video revealed that it was actually a joke between us, they backed off.”

This development does not exclude a question, and it is no longer a taboo: Can Cristiano Ronaldo at his age start his career as an alternative to luxury? In the club as in selection, Bruno Fernandes seems freer without him in front of him. Bernado Silva or Joao Félix shone in the national team’s match during the victory (4-0) in the preparatory match against Nigeria, on November 17, in the absence of Ronaldo, victim of gastroenteritis.

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end of september, in Paula – The best-selling daily sport in the country – Wanted in “One”, Less Ronaldo, more Portugal After a convincing 4-0 victory over the Czech Republic in the League of Nations. The newspaper pointed out “Low game size” And the “declining target ratio”, And it published a poll in which 57% of netizens wanted to see him start on the bench against Spain in the next match. With Ronaldo starting, Portugal would lose 1-0.

This controversy does not exist in the mind of one man: Fernando Santos. The coach even defended his captaincy in his interview with Piers Morgan, the second part of which was broadcast during the match against Nigeria. The timing raises questions. ” It’s a personal interview, really very personal. Isn’t Cristiano Ronaldo a free man? It was his decision and we have to understand and respect it.”And the Santos says. Since his appointment in 2014, this so-called Catholic has always relied on God and Cristiano. There is no reason to see him convert during the World Cup.

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