Ronaldo appeared unhappy when he was substituted against South Korea.
Portuguese national team captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, has denied swearing at his country’s coach, Fernando Santos, after being substituted in their 2-1 final group game loss to South Korea in the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Friday, December 2, 2022.
Ronaldo was captured making some utterances after being substituted in the 65th minute but the 37-year-old winger has dismissed claims by local Portuguese media that it was directed at his coach and revealed he was replying a South Korean player.
“What happened was before my substitution, the South Korea player told me to get off quickly. I told him to shut up as he doesn’t have that authority. There was no disagreement (with the coach).’’
Ronaldo has scored eight times in five World Cup outings with Portugal and will be aiming to equal Eusebio’s nine-goal World Cup record for the European country. Eusebio scored all nine goals in the 1966 edition of the tournament hosted and won by England.
Portugal take on Switzerland in the second round of 16 on Tuesday, December 6, 2022.