Cristiano Ronaldo’s partner Georgina Rodriguez has criticised Portugal coach Fernando Santos’ tactics as the nation suffered a shock World Cup elimination against Morocco.
The 37-year-old forward was benched for the second successive match, as his side fell to a 1-0 quarter-final defeat thanks to a Youssef En-Nesyri header.
Though Ronaldo was introduced shortly after the start of the second half, he was unable to make an impact.
He marched down the tunnel in tears after Portugal crashed out and Rodriguez later launched a stinging attack on head coach Santos.
“Today, your friend and coach decided wrong,” she wrote on Instagram. “That friend for whom you have so many words of admiration, and so much respect.
“The same friend who, putting you on the field, saw how everything changed, but it was too late.
0 – Cristiano Ronaldo has failed to score in all eight of his knockout stage appearances at the World Cup (inc. third place play-off), going 570 minutes without scoring and taking 27 shots in the process. Exit.
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“You can’t underestimate the best player in the world and the most powerful weapon you have, just as you can’t stand up for someone who doesn’t deserve it.”
Ronaldo has almost certainly played his last World Cup game and it remains to be seen where he will continue his club career after he was released by Manchester United.
Though Ronaldo has hinted he may yet play on through to the 2026 World Cup, the question of his future with the national side is also up in the air.