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06th Dec 2022

Jamie Carragher shares theory about why Ronaldo was dropped by Portugal

Callum Boyle

Ronaldo was dropped from the starting XI

Jamie Carragher believes that Cristiano Ronaldo’s behaviour in Portugal’s defeat against South Korea was not the reason why he was dropped from the starting XI.

Ronaldo was named among the substitutes for Portugal’s last 16 fixture against Switzerland with his national team boss Fernando Santos admitting he didn’t like his attitude after he was subbed in the 2-1 loss against South Korea.

But Carragher insists that his attitude was nothing to do with his omission and it is in fact his poor performances that cost him his place in the side.

He tweeted: “Would Santos the manager of Portugal drop Ronaldo just because of his reaction to being subbed in the last game? A manager at club level maybe yes. With possibly 3 games to a WC final.

“I think he has been left out because of his performances not his reaction.”

Ronaldo is currently a free agent after leaving Manchester United by mutual consent after both parties agreed to end his contract with immediate effect.

The 37-year-old left after being involved in an explosive interview with Piers Morgan in which he gave a damning assessment on the state of affairs at Old Trafford.

From singling out manager Erik ten Hag to questioning the club’s ownerships, Ronaldo’s interview left his place at United untenable and gave the club no option but to allow him to leave.

Portugal took a 2-0 lead in the first half against Switzerland after Gonçalo Ramos – the player selected ahead of Ronaldo – scoring his first goal at international level.

Pepe then became the oldest goalscorer in World Cup history at age of 39 after his bullet header from a corner doubled their advantage.

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