Cristiano Ronaldo has denied having a falling out with Portugal manager Fernando Santos and has stated that the foul language he used when he was substituted against South Korea was directed at an opponent.

The 37-year-old was substituted in the 65th minute of his team’s 2-1 Group H loss on Friday, when the score was still 1-1.

Ronaldo, who is one goal shy of equaling the great Eusebio’s record as Portugal’s all-time leading World Cup scorer, appeared dissatisfied when he was replaced.

According to reports, the former Manchester United striker yelled at his manager as he exited the field, but Ronaldo explained what happened after the game.

“What happened was that before my substitution, the South Korean player told me to get off quickly,” Ronaldo told reporters, according to Reuters.

“I told him to stop talking because he doesn’t have that authority.” (With Santos), there was no disagreement.”

South Korea advances to the World Cup quarterfinals thanks to a last-second Hwang goal.

‘He kept us in the Premier League last season,’ says Bolt of Ronaldo’s departure from Manchester United.

Ronaldo is close to signing a contract to join Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia, according to reports. Santos later agreed with Ronaldo’s version of events.

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“I saw the interaction with the Korean player, and I have no doubts about what occurred,” the manager stated.

Despite a disappointing end to the group stage, Portugal finished first in Group H and will face Switzerland in the last 16.

“We’re dissatisfied. We wanted to finish with a win, and we wanted to finish playing good football to keep our confidence up “Santos stated.

“We’re not going to lose faith, and this group believes in us, but it’s a warning, a serious warning. This game may result in some positive outcomes.”

By michel

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