DOHA, Qatar — Cristiano Ronaldo’s accomplice Georgina Rodríguez criticized Portugal supervisor Fernando Santos on Instagram for not beginning the 37-year-old celebrity within the World Cup quarterfinal loss to Morocco on Saturday.
Morocco shocked Portugal, 1-0, potentially ending Ronaldo’s chances at ever winning a World Cup. He can be 41 when america, Mexico and Canada host the 2026 match.
“At the moment your good friend and coach made a nasty resolution,” Rodriguez wrote on her Instagram story, which was translated into English, alongside a photograph of Ronaldo. She was proven on stadium video cameras a number of instances together with her household throughout the match.
“That good friend for whom you’ve so many phrases of admiration and respect. The identical as once you received into the sport, he noticed how the whole lot modified, but it surely was too late. You can’t underestimate one of the best participant on this planet, his strongest weapon. You may’t arise for somebody who doesn’t deserve it both.
“Life offers us classes. At the moment we have now not misplaced, we have now realized.”
Ronaldo’s sister, Elma Aveiro, additionally chimed in on Instagram, writing, “Ready for the checklist of these liable for this defeat. … “Unhappy for the crew now elevate your head and go on. God is aware of all issues.”
Santos elected to not begin Ronaldo in Portugal’s spherical of 16 matchup in opposition to Switzerland final week, and made the identical name once more on Saturday in opposition to Morocco. When Ronaldo was substituted into the sport within the 51st minute, the stadium went wild. Portugal already trailed 1-0 and followers have been hopeful that their captain would have his heroic World Cup second and cause them to victory. That didn’t occur.
The Portuguese supervisor was requested after the sport if he regretted not beginning Ronaldo.
“No,” Santos mentioned. “I don’t suppose so. No regrets. No regrets. I believe this was a crew which performed very effectively in opposition to Switzerland. Cristiano is a good participant. He got here in after we thought that was obligatory. So, no, I’ve no regrets.”
Ronaldo couldn’t disguise his feelings afterward and was wiped away tears within the tunnel as he walked to the locker room. This was his fifth World Cup, and he had hoped to make his doable final one essentially the most memorable.
Maybe it was for various causes. Ronaldo was the focus from the second he landed in Qatar. From the drama of leaving Manchester United and reportedly moving onto play for Saudi Arabia club Al Nassr to rumors that he threatened to leave the national team over losing his starting spot — day by day, seemingly, it was one thing new.
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Laken Litman covers faculty soccer, faculty basketball and soccer for FOX Sports activities. She beforehand wrote for Sports activities Illustrated, USA At the moment and The Indianapolis Star. She is the creator of “Robust Like a Girl,” revealed in spring 2022 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Title IX. Comply with her on Twitter @LakenLitman.
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