Cristiano Ronaldo is unaffected by Juventus setbacks, says Portugal coach

By Reuters 31m in the past

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Criticism of Cristiano Ronaldo’s performances for Juventus has had no impression on the ahead’s morale and he is prepared to present 100% for Portugal of their World Cup qualifier in opposition to Azerbaijan afterward Wednesday, head coach Fernando Santos mentioned.

Ronaldo got here underneath fireplace after Juventus had been knocked out within the Champions League final 16 earlier this month by 10-man Porto, who progressed on away targets.

Porto’s decisive purpose got here from a free kick that went by the Portugal striker’s legs as he turned within the defensive wall, with the entrance web page of the Corriere dello Sport saying: “Betrayed by Ronaldo”.

“When Cristiano is with the national team, he always comes with the same vision, the same passion, the same will, the same joy,” Santos mentioned.

“He always gives 100% when he comes to the national team.

“I do not assume he has any drawback when it comes to mentality in the intervening time.”

Ronaldo has been linked with a return to Real Madrid, who he left to join Juve in 2018, by some Spanish media outlets and Santos said he would be happy to talk to him about his future.

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“I give recommendation to Cristiano personally. I used to be his head coach when he was 18, and we’ve a detailed relationship,” Santos said.

“We discuss lots, however these are non-public conversations between pals. We do not actually have a coach-player relationship, however it is completely different when he is within the nationwide staff. If he asks me for any recommendation, I’ll let him know what I feel.”

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