At Manchester United he is no longer undisputed. Most recently, Cristiano Ronaldo sat on the bench with the English record champions. Even with the national team, things are not really going well for “CR7”. After the 0:1 defeat against Spain, they also missed out on entering the final tournament of the Nations League. Ronaldo missed some high-profile chances against the Spaniards. Team boss Santos now has to ask himself whether he is still counting on Cristiano Ronaldo as a regular for the World Cup.
The pictures after the game, where frustrated Ronaldo disappeared into the catacombs, were appropriate. “Sad Fado” headlined the newspaper “Jornal de Notícias” on Wednesday. Usually stood Ronaldo previously in focus because of its playful highlights. But for some time now, the focus has been more on the role the Portuguese star striker can or should play, both at his club and in the Seleção. With the latter, Santos now has to weigh up whether to put his faith in up-and-coming talent like Milan’s Rafael Leão.