Cristiano Ronaldo will NOT return home after the World Cup on Sunday… with the free agent among 10 Portuguese players who will spend time with their families in Qatar instead of returning to Lisbon after collapsing from the tournament
Cristiano Ronaldo will stay in Qatar after Portugal’s 1-0 loss to Morocco
He will be joined by Bruno Fernandes (third from right) who accused the Argentine referee of bias
Of the initial 26-man World Cup squad, Danile Pereira and Nuno Mendes had already pulled out due to injury, leaving 24 players at the tournament – 14 of whom will return to Lisbon at around 5.15pm on Sunday.
Players will return to Lisbon wherever they play their club football, whether with Porto (Pepe, Otavio, Diogo Costa), or abroad like Ruben Dias (Manchester City) and Jose Sa (Wolves ).
It was a World Cup to forget for Fernando Santos’ Portuguese side, who limped into the last eight against the Atlas Lions, who became the first african team make the semi-finals of a World Cup.
Youssef En-Nesyri’s goal made history as Morocco became Africa’s first semi-finalists
But maybe it was a worst tournament for captain Ronaldowho goes home without a club after breaking his contract with Manchester United following his sensational interview with Piers Morgan.
During the competition itself, Ronaldo again made headlines on numerous occasions.
First, he was criticized for the way he won his penalty against Ghana in the first group game, before claiming a goal against Uruguay which turned out never to have hit him.
Ronaldo was benched for the first time in a major tournament knockout game since Euro 2008
Then, after being dropped against Switzerland in the round of 16, he was seen walking off the pitch alone as his teammates continued to celebrate, and against Morocco he stormed off the field at the final whistle.
While being bench against Switzerland, Ronaldo failed to start a knockout tie from a major tournament for the first time since Euro 2008.
The 37-year-old managed to break records in Qatar, however, becoming the first male player to score in five successive World Cups, as well as equaling Badr Al-Mutawa’s international record of 196 caps against Morocco.
The 37-year-old was in tears as he left the pitch after his World Cup ended