Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival in Doha marks his fifth — and presumably last — World Cup following the Portuguese captain’s public falling out with Manchester United final week.
Cristiano Ronaldo has participated in his first Qatar World Cup coaching session following a bout with gastroenteritis, as Portugal will get able to tackle Ghana of their debut match.
On Saturday, a day after touchdown within the host nation, Ronaldo resumed coaching with Portugal, marking the staff’s first collective coaching session since arriving in Doha.
Portugal, drawn into Group H, performs Ghana on Thursday; they play Uruguay on November 28 and South Korea on December 2.
Approaching his fifth World Cup look, this could possibly be Ronaldo’s final because the Portuguese captain has repeatedly hinted at retirement in recent times.
The Manchester United ahead’s arrival in Qatar comes as his membership profession additionally seems to be unsure. Final week, throughout a scathing interview with Piers Morgan, Ronaldo mentioned he felt “betrayed” by the Previous Trafford Membership and added he had no respect for head coach Erik ten Hag.
“The house owners of the membership, [the] Glazers… they don’t care — I imply professionally, sportingly,” Ronaldo mentioned within the interview. “They don’t care. I by no means spoke to them, by no means.”
Manchester United has in a roundabout way responded to the remarks however is rumoured to be exploring authorized choices, which might permit the membership to dispense of the star ahead prematurely.
“Manchester United has this morning initiated applicable steps in response to Cristiano Ronaldo’s latest media interview,” the membership mentioned in a press release on Friday.
They added: “We won’t be making additional remark till this course of reaches its conclusion.”
Portugal’s midfielder Bernardo Silva, nonetheless, disregarded hypothesis that the ordeal had change into a distraction for the nationwide staff.
“The information that comes from England has nothing to do with the nationwide staff so I gained’t say something,” Silva mentioned in a latest interview.
Portugal’s finest World Cup end got here in 1966 when the nationwide squad claimed third place in England. They haven’t made it to the quarter-finals because the 2006 World Cup in Germany once they captured fourth place.