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Scolari Recalls Cristiano Ronaldo's Reaction To His father's Death: I'll Play And Then I'll Go

Former Chelsea coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has worked with some of the biggest names in football, with some incredible highs, as well as more difficult moments, such as when he had to deliver the news to Cristiano Ronaldo of his father’s death.

Scolari coached Portugal between 2003 and 2008, reaching the final of Euro 2004, when Portugal hosted the tournament.

Ronaldo’s father passed away in 2005, when the forward was just 20 years old and away on international duty, preparing for a game against Russia.


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Scolari said:

“It was very hard. It was the moment that created a bond between us, a bond that surpasses the coach-athlete relationship.”

“When the news got to us, before a game against Russia, nobody knew how to tell him and nobody wanted to.

So, I told them I would do it as I knew how it was to lose a parent. I had lost mine a few years before.

“It was very sad, but it’s the kind of moment that connects us as friends.

The next day, Cristiano played a marvellous game and returned to Portugal.

He asked to play. He said, ‘I can’t do anything for my father today, so I’ll play tomorrow and then I’ll go.'”


Cristiano Ronaldo’s best quality

In an interview which covered much of his career, Scolari also talked about Ronaldo’s commitment and work rate, while also saying he isn’t the most talented player.

He continues

“He is the most dedicated of them all. The most talented, he might not be.”

“Talent is not one of the first virtues when we think of Ronaldo, but dedication is what makes him who he is.

“It is the first virtue when I think of him.”

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Son Heung-min who missed Spurs’ defeat by Crystal Palace on Saturday, is still recovering from a calf injury sustained while on international duty.

Boss Nuno Espirito Santo also confirmed defender Eric Dier will not feature.

Dier was substituted in the 12th minute after suffering a dead leg during that 3-0 defeat at Selhurst Park.

Nuno says he is unsure whether the pair will be fit for Sunday’s Premier League game against Chelsea.

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“I cannot say. They are improving, day by day they are better, but alongside the South American players, we still have to assess,”

“[Steven] Bergwijn is better, he travelled with us, he trained yesterday and today, he is much better.”

Spurs are also still missing the three players who defied Premier League guidelines,

and travelled to South America for World Cup qualifiers last week.

Argentina’s Giovani lo Celso, Cristian Romero and Colombia’s Davinson Sanchez are training in Croatia and expected back at the club on Saturday.