Ronaldo’s confession from Santos: we don’t talk anymore

Statements by Fernando Santos about Ronaldo: Why was he a substitute in the Qatar World Cup?

Fernando Santos, former coach of the Portuguese national team, explained in a detailed interview with the sports newspaper ‘A Bola’ the behind-the-scenes of his decision to keep world star Cristiano Ronaldo out of the starting eleven for the matches against Switzerland and Morocco in the World Cup. from Qatar.

Santos claimed that Ronaldo was not physically and mentally prepared during his time at Manchester United: “I was very impressed that he didn’t get much playing time with Ten Hag at Manchester United. Although he was in good physical shape, he was far from match rhythm. “Before the World Cup and during the first matches of the tournament, we worked with our technical team to help him adapt to this rhythm again.”

The experienced coach stated that Ronaldo experienced the impact of losing his son: “However, the second half of 2022 was disastrous for him both mentally and physically. “His misfortunes began with the death of one of his twin sons, and this event moved him deeply.” he said.


He said the following about the relationship between Santos and Ronaldo:

“We don’t speak anymore and I haven’t heard from him since we returned from Qatar. “When I explained to him the morning before the game that he wasn’t going to play and why he wasn’t going to play, he didn’t understand well.”

Santos claimed he understood Ronaldo’s reaction, saying: “He was going through a very anxious period and a great friend of his was leaving him out. He will always be like a son or a little brother to me. “I can guarantee that the day he wants to contact me on the phone, I will always be here.” the said.

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Source: Sozcu


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