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“Do You Really Think It’s A Good Idea?” Fernando Santos Reveals Conversation With Cristiano Ronaldo

Fernado Santos has decline the rumours of having issues with Cristiano Ronaldo after left out on starting line-up against Switzerland.

Ronaldo, failing to start at a major tournament for his country for the first time since Euro 2008.

The Portugal boss has now made it clear exactly what happened between the pair on Tuesday.

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.

‘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.

‘After lunch we met, I explained to him why he was not going to be one of the starters, because I did not want him to be surprised.

I invited him into my office and said, “Listen, you are not going to start, I think you’ll be very important but in terms of strategy it’s better for you not to be on the field.”

‘We expected that the game would be more difficult and I wanted to save him for the second half if need be.

I spoke to him naturally, as I always do with my players.

‘Cristiano for obvious reasons was not very happy about it, because he has always been the starting player – except for one or two games.

Obviously he was not happy and he told me, “Do you really think it’s a good idea?”

‘But we had a normal conversation in which I explained my point of view and he accepted that. We had a frank and normal conversation.

‘He has never told me that he wanted to leave our national team and as Joao [Felix] said, I think it’s high time we stopped with this conversation and stopped with the attacks.

‘Ronaldo was the one who started warming up with the players even though he knew he was not going to start.

He celebrated all the goals that were scored and at the end he was the one who invited the players to thank the fans.

So I think it’s high time for you to leave Ronaldo alone and acknowledge all he has done for Portuguese football.’

Portugal take on Morocco to book a place in the semi-finals on Saturday.

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Ronaldo team mate Bruno Fernandes has insisted any member of the Portugal squad would have angry to be benched.

Ronaldo, failing to start at a major tournament for his country for the first time since Euro 2008, came off the bench with 17 minutes to play, seeing an effort chalked off for offside.

The former Real Madrid star was dropped in similar circumstances by Erik ten Hag in October with Manchester United terminating the striker’s contract at the start of the month.

His former United teammate Fernandes insists Ronaldo remains a key part of the squad, admitting the veteran was frustrated to have been left out.


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‘Do you think anyone likes to be on the bench.?”

‘I don’t think Cristiano would be happy. If the manager put me on the bench in the next game, I would be angry.’

‘We won the first two games with Cristiano in the first 11, and it could be that if Cristiano played, he could score three goals and no one would be speaking about Cristiano being on the bench.

‘Cristiano is doing his job, he’s doing his part, he’s happy with the result because the goal for everyone is to go as far as possible.

‘I don’t think people should be talking about Cristiano and why he’s not playing,

because when Cristiano plays and the team wins, no one talks about that.

‘When Cristiano plays and the team loses, everyone talks.

[He is] the most famous player in the world. No one is more famous than Cristiano in sports, not in football, in sports.’

Portugal take on Morocco to book a place in the semi-finals on Saturday.

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Cristiano Ronaldo came in as a substitute in Portugal clinical win against Switzerland.

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who will start up front in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against Morocco – despite Goncalo Ramos’ brilliant hat-trick against Switzerland.

Ramos, 21, replaced Ronaldo in the Portugal side for the last-16 tie and scored three goals and set up another on his first international start, as Santos’ side made a statement with a stunning 6-1 win.


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Ronaldo, who is a free agent after being released by Manchester United, was dropped

for an angry reaction to being substituted in Portugal’s final group game against South Korea, with Santos criticising his behaviour on the eve of the last-16 tie.

But he insisted his relationship with the 37-year-old remains strong and says he has not decided who will start against surprise package Morocco on Saturday.


“I have a very close relationship with Cristiano, I have known him since he was 19 at Sporting and then he started to develop in the national squad when I arrived in 2014.”

“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.

“Andre [Silva] is a great player who plays more advanced, Cristiano is more fixed – he stays in a more determined area towards the box.

Goncalo has different characteristics.”

“He is very dynamic and that is what he ended up showing us [tonight].

It is nothing new, he already came on in two matches but Andre also played in the last match.

I have three players I fully trust. For each match I will use which player I see best for my strategy.

“Ronaldo definitely, and all the players who are with me can be used.

And if they are not in the starting 11, they can play later.”