in full controversy, Ronaldo announced withdrawal for the friendly against Nigeria

Cristiano Ronaldo is suffering from gastritis on Wednesday and will not be back in time to play the Portugal team’s only warm-up match the next day before the 2022 World Cup, against Nigeria, coach Fernando Santos announced.

His absence from training, scheduled for Wednesday at the end of the day, comes as the five-time Ballon d’Or winner took advantage of the international break to settle accounts with his Manchester United club. In an explosive interview broadcast on Sunday and on Monday by British media, Ronaldo claimed he felt “betrayedby the leaders of the English club and its coach Erik ten Hag, accusing them of wanting to oust him. “This case has nothing to do with us and the national team“Reacted Fernando Santos in a press conference, asked several times about the impact of this controversy on the preparation of the World Cup.

It’s an interview about him and it’s very personal, and we have to respect that.“said the coach, arguing that his star striker had not mentioned the Portugal team in his interview. In any case, the friendly match against Nigeria on Thursday in Lisbon (6:45 p.m. GMT) will not serve to give Cristiano Ronaldo some of the playing time he lacks in Manchester. “He suffers from gastritis syndrome (…) and will not train today (Wednesday) for this reason“, explained Santos, specifying that the captain of the Seleçao “surely won’t be readyto play the next day. The Portugal team will fly to Qatar on Friday and start their World Cup on November 24 against Ghana, before facing Uruguay and South Korea in Group H.

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