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Friction between Ronaldo and Portugal coach Fernando Santos over his sub strop dominates lead-up to their World Cup last-16 clash with Switzerland

Cristiano Ronaldo has an uncanny knack for making everything about him, and the buildup to Portugal’s quarterfinal World Cup match against Switzerland has been no exception.Information Guide Nigeria

Fernando Santos could not conceal his anger at Ronaldo’s petulant response to being substituted out of the final group match against South Korea.

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Even though he insisted the matter had been resolved behind the scenes, Santos refrained from confirming that his captain would be in the starting lineup for Tuesday’s game.

All of these factors contributed to Ronaldo’s prominence on the front pages of the Portuguese sports newspapers the morning of the match.

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In addition to Bola utilized the same image of Santos and Ronaldo crossing paths as the 37-year-old forward was substituted out with 65 minutes remaining in the final group match.

’10 + Ronaldo’ was Record’s headline, hinting perhaps at a fissure between Ronaldo and his team-mates which may yet derail their whole World Cup campaign.JAMB portal

They pull out some of the quotes from Santos from his press conference on Monday.

On Ronaldo’s frustrated reaction to being taken off, in which he allegedly used vulgar language towards his coach, Santos said: ‘I did see the images, yes, I didn’t like it. Not at all. I really didn’t like it.’

But Santos also said: ‘Everything is finished, full stop, regarding that issue.’

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It suggests that Ronaldo will keep his place in the starting line-up to face Switzerland but some friction can’t be ruled out.NYSC portal

A Bola, meanwhile, go with the headline ‘burning ears’ and talks of Santos issuing a ‘reprimand’ to Ronaldo for his actions.

They add that Ronaldo will remain in the starting line-up but that, for the first time, his ‘ownership’ of a spot is being questioned.

The same newspaper published a fan survey on Monday in which 70 per cent of respondents want him to be dropped.

Newspaper O Jogo went with a very similar picture of Ronaldo and Santos from Friday but the headline ‘Winning is the best medicine.’

They say that the friction between the pair has dominated the lead-up to Portugal’s crucial first knockout game and also quote the less-than-impressed Santos on Ronaldo’s actions.JAMB Result

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Emediong Ekpe

Emediong Ekpe is a graduate of English. A professional Sports journalist/analyst, and a spoken word artist. He is passionate about decimating information and putting smiles on people's faces via news writing.

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