World Cup 2022 news LIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal future in doubt


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The World Cup has reached the quarter-final stage but Cristiano Ronaldo’s name dominates the headlines despite Portugal thrashing Switzerland in the last 16.

Fernando Santos opted for Goncalo Ramos, who hit a hat-trick in the 6-1 win and the Selecao boss insists Ronaldo may now have to accept a different role in the team: “That is still something that has to be defined.”

England meanwhike look to recover and prepare for a massive quarter-final tie with France and Gareth Southgate has a number of decisions to make over how to combat the threat of the in-form Kylian Mbappe, who now leads the Golden Boot race.

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This is some World Cup Cristiano Ronaldo is having and it’s not over yet

This is some World Cup that Cristiano Ronaldo is having. Forget for a moment the self-immolation of that Piers Morgan interview, which torched his legacy at Manchester United and appears to have ended his career at the elite level of European football too. Instead focus only what has taken place just since the start of this tournament. There’s still plenty to go at.

Jack Rathborn7 December 2022 08:40


Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal future in doubt after bench role for Switzerland win

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal future is in doubt after being handed a bench role for the Selecao’s big win over Switzerland to reach the last eight.

Head coach Fernando Santos insists there are no issues with the 37-year-old, although he was especially vague when asked about his future role in the squad.

“That is still something that has to be defined,” he said. “I have a very close relationship with him, I’ve known him since he was 19 at Sporting. Ronaldo and I never misinterpret the human and personal aspect with that of manager and player. I will always consider that he is a very important player to have in the team.

“[The matter] is something that is finished and solved. It is also important to look at this player’s history, he is one of the best players in the world and therefore all we have to do is come in collectively.”

Jack Rathborn7 December 2022 08:36

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