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Portugal manager dismisses journalists who tried to discuss Ronaldo troubles at Juventus ▷ Kenya News



– Fernando Santos was in no mood to answer negative questions on Cristiano Ronaldo

– Ahead of their EURO qualifiers, the Portugal manager shot down questions on the player’s conduct

– Ronaldo was criticised for leaving the Juventus stadium before the match against AC Milan was finished

Portugal national team manager Fernando Santos was forced to shut down journalist who kept pestering him on the trials of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo at club level.

Ronaldo, as reported, has been trending in the past week but it has not been for his typical footballing prowess.

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Ronaldo joined Portugal for their EURO 2020 qualifiers. Photo: Getty
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The 34-year-old has instead attracted mass criticism for his actions during Juventus’ 1-0 win over AC Milan on Sunday, November 10.

A clearly agitated Ronaldo was subbed for the second game in a row by manager Maurizio Sarri while the game was deadlocked and the Old Lady went on to win 1-0.

Ronaldo left the stadium before the match ended in a move that has been thoroughly criticised by several stakeholders including his own team mates who reportedly demanded a personal apology.

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The international break might have come at the perfect time as it offers Ronaldo and Juventus a chance to reboot and perhaps bury the hatchet.

Portugal manager dismisses journalists who tried to discuss Ronaldo troubles at Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo(pictured) during a past match. The Portuguese star is part of the squad in the EURO qualifiers. Photo: Getty
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But despite being on international duty, it seems his super stardom sometimes works against him as his acts on Sunday were followed up by journalists in Portugal.

Ahead of their EURO qualifier against Lithuania on Thursday, the Portugal manager was on media duty where he completely played down questions involving his superstar forward.

One journalist asked Santos about Ronaldo’s conduct and the manager retorted by simply saying his situation was being blown out of proportion because of his place in the football star tier.

“Everyone wants to talk about Cristiano Ronaldo. Everyone wants to give their opinion on him. If that substitution was with any other player, no one would talk about it,” he retorted.

Despite making it clear he would not be talking about Portugal’s record goalscorer on a personal level, another journalist took the chance and at this point, Santos lost his patience.

“I won’t talk about Cristiano anymore. For me , the Cristiano theme ends here,” he added.

Santos went on to insist Ronaldo was match-ready for the qualifiers despite all that was happening on club level.

Juventus are currently top in Serie A and are unbeaten under new boss Sarri, although Ronaldo has not necessarily enjoyed his best spell this season.

Currently , he has scored five goals in Serie A, which are nine behind top scorer Ciro Immobile who has 14.

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