Ronaldo, Portugal’s captain and all-time leading goalscorer, was named on the bench for the match against Switzerland, the first time since Euro 2008 that the forward has not started in a major international tournament.
This comes after a falling out with manager Fernando Santos who was less than impressed with his skipper’s reaction to getting subbed off against South Korea in their final group game.
The incident echoes Ronaldo’s falling out with Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag earlier this season, after he storming out of Old Trafford before full-time in United’s win over Tottenham.
While many want the interview and all the trouble it caused to be water under the bridge, Ronaldo’s latest antics have brought the matter up again and Neville provided a brutal assessment of the forward on ITV.
‘Well what happened at United, the suggestion was, it was because Ten Hag was trying to make a move on him [Ronaldo], trying to establish his authority,’ the former United skipper said.
This is a manager [Santos] who’s got an unbelievable relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo for eight years.
‘And there are a lot of fans of Cristiano Ronaldo who aren’t willing to tell him the truth. I think he does need to listen to the truth, that it’s becoming a little bit of a scruffy end.
‘It wouldn’t surprise me if he came on tonight and scored the winner, but the petulance, the stomping around, the sulking it’s got to stop because it doesn’t reflect well on him at all.
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