Cristiano Ronaldo answers ‘quit’ rumour saying Portugal ‘too close to be broken’
Cristiano Ronaldo has sensationally hit back at reports he was set to quit Portugal's World Cup camp with a lengthy message on social media.
The ex-Manchester United forward, who remarkably left the Red Devils by "mutual agreement" during the break for the World Cup, was also seemingly set to walk out on his national side after being named on the bench for Portugal's demolition of Switzerland.
Named in the worst starting XI of the group stage as Selecao das Quinas topped Group H, Ronaldo, 37, was left out of the starting XI by Fernando Santos for their Round of 16 clash.
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Ronaldo reportedly threatened to leave in the wake of their 6-1 mauling but has now set the record straight with a stern paragraph on Twitter and is back in contention to face Morocco on December 10.
"A group too close to be broken by outside forces," wrote the five-time Ballon d'Or winner on social media. "A nation too brave to let itself be frightened by any adversary. A team in the truest sense of the word, which will fight for the dream until the end! Believe with us! Strength, Portugal!"
The message might go some way to easing relations with boss Santos. The 68-year-old slammed Ronaldo's attitude in the wake of their 2-1 defeat to South Korea.
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Ronaldo suffered a nightmare opening half at Education City Stadium but was gifted another 20 minutes by Santos to make amends in the second period. However, Portugal's record goalscorer was eventually axed in the 65th minute, choosing to spend the rest of the match sulking on the sidelines.
Quizzed after the match on Ronaldo's behaviour, Santos admitted he "did not like it at all." He later added: "If I see the images, yes, I didn’t like it, not at all. I really didn’t like it."
Replaced in the starting line-up by Goncalo Ramos for Portugal's Round of 16 match-up, the Benfica forward tore apart Switzerland by bagging his first-ever international hat trick and is a shoo-in to start the quarter-final tie against Morocco.
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