Portugal: Fernando Santos defends Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal beat Turkey 3-1 in the semi-final of the Qatar 2022 World Cup play-offs. And this victory is not without difficulty for Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates.

Holder during this meeting, the Manchester United striker did not score a single goal. This provoked some reactions that point to the performance of the native of Funchal. And Portuguese coach Fernando Santos does not see things the same way.

Facing the media, Fernando Santos defended his captain Cristiano Ronaldo (37 years old, 185 caps and 115 goals).

“We always analyze Cristiano Ronaldo through his goals. Thursday, he did not score, but he had a superb match in intensity, in pressing. He opened up a lot of spaces for others. A job to highlight for a player of Cristiano’s quality, it cannot be reduced to goals”Santos hinted.

CR7’s next challenge is to be in Qatar for his fifth World Cup after 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018. For this, he and his teammates have the imperative to beat North Macedonia next Tuesday.

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