Portugal boss Fernando Santos has rubbished suggestions of a falling out with Cristiano Ronaldo after dropping his skipper against Switzerland and insists the five-time Ballon d’Or winner never threatened to leave the World Cup.Information Guide Nigeria
The Portuguese FA was obliged to reject claims that Ronaldo had been involved in a heated altercation with his manager just hours before Portugal’s 6-1 triumph over Switzerland in the round of 16. Ronaldo, who was withdrawn from the starting lineup for the match, was 37 years old.
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Santos has now detailed what transpired between the two on Tuesday, admitting that Ronaldo was displeased to learn he would not start but accepted the decision in a calm manner.
Asked for his version of events, Santos replied: ‘Yes we did have a conversation and it would be very bad if we had not had this conversation. Since I took the helm of the national team we talk and have a close relationship with the players, it’s normal and I’ve always done that throughout my career.NYSC portal
‘There are coaches who have a different approach, but that’s my approach, to talk to our players and to have a close relationship with them.
‘The conversation [with Ronaldo] needed to happen. It’s part of our basis. I don’t do it with all the players [when they are dropped] but he is the captain of our squad and you know what he represents for Portuguese football and for the Portuguese people.
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‘Naturally, I needed to talk to him. When we had this conversation it was on the day of the match, after lunch. I had not had any conversations with him before that, neither on Sunday or Monday. The only conversation I had with him was on that day, the day of the game, and I explained why he would not play.
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