Cristiano Ronaldo breaks silence on reports of him threatening to leave Portugal camp
Cristiano Ronaldo has responded to social media speculation that he wants to leave Portugal’s World Cup camp, claiming that the squad is “too strong to be broken by outside forces.”
The previous Man. United’s striker irritated manager Fernando Santos after he appeared dissatisfied with the team’s 2-1 loss to South Korea. He was said to have threatened to fly home after being dropped by his coach for their last-16 match against Switzerland, which they won 6-1.
But Portugal later hit out at the rumours, saying Ronaldo ‘builds up a unique track record every day at the service of the national team and the country, which must be respected and which attests to the unquestionable degree of commitment to the national team.’
The 37-year-old has broken his silence since the reports emerged, insisting Portugal were too ‘close’ and ‘brave’ to be affected by outside noise.
In a tweet, the forward wrote: ‘A group too close to be broken by outside forces. 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!’