Why is Cristiano Ronaldo benched? Portugal drop forward for Morocco World Cup quarter-final

“He has never told me he wanted to leave our national team,” Santos said as Portugal returned to the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 2006. “I think it’s high time we stopped with this conversation and these polemics, because an example of what I just said is what he did during the match.”

When asked directly if Ronaldo would play against Morocco, Santos said: “Ronaldo will definitely (be involved), all the players on the bench can be used, if they are not in the starting line-up they can play later.

“It is important to look at the example of this player’s history, he is one of the best players in the world at playing professionally, being captain – all we have to do is think about this team collectively.”

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