As you know, the Portuguese national team secured a place in the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup when the team defeated Switzerland with a score (6-1) in the 1/8 finals.
This success gives the team a chance to compete in this tournament, and the team, led by Fernando Santos, aims to win the first ever World Cup in Qatar.
Despite the excellent result against Switzerland, the team caused bewilderment at the expense of the change in the national team.
Head coach Fernando Santos, before the game in the 1/8 stage, decided to leave Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench, which caused bewilderment.
Instead of Cristiano, Gonzalo Ramos came out in the playoff match, who scored a hat-trick against the opponent.
Ronaldo starting or benched vs Morocco?
The head coach of the national team has already decided that Ronaldo will remain on the bench in the upcoming match.
Ronaldo started in all three of Portugal’s group games but withdrew at the end of each as Santos tried to manage his playing time.
The manager admitted that he was disappointed with Ronaldo’s reaction to the substitution in the (2-1) victory over South Korea in Group H, and he is ready to leave him out.
Could Cristiano Ronaldo leave Portugal?
As you know, Ronaldo told Santos that he was ready to leave the team after replacing in South Korea and the bench in the match against Switzerland.
But later it was said that the player would remain in the national team and continue to participate in the 2022 World Cup.
Ronaldo also issued a personal rebuttal to the reports, saying he is fully committed and the squad will not be divided by speculation.
Cristiano Ronaldo at the 2022 World Cup
Ronaldo captained the team in the first three games in the group stage of the national team. The football player also played 18 minutes in the first match of the playoffs.
For all 4 matches, the footballer was able to score 1 goal in the match against Ghana, where the team won with a score (3-1).