“What a Shame”: Reacts Georgina Rodriguez
Georgina Rodriguez, the partner of Cristiano Ronaldo, expressed her displeasure at Fernando Santos’ decision to bench the Portugal captain against Switzerland.
Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the greatest players in the history of the game, was left off Portugal’s starting lineup on Tuesday when they played Switzerland in the FIFA World Cup Round of 16. Many Portugal fans were shocked by manager Fernando Santos’ choice, but it ultimately paid off as Goncalo Ramos, who replaced Ronaldo, scored a hat-trick in the team’s 6-1 victory.
Despite Ramos’ undeniable influence, many Ronaldo supporters—including Ronaldo’s partner Georgina Rodriguez—weren’t entirely pleased with the Portugal manager for his choice.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Ronaldo, hasn’t played his best soccer during this competition. The forward hasn’t been able to make an impact while leading the line for Portugal at the World Cup, aside from a penalty against Ghana.Ronaldo was not included in the starting lineup for Portugal’s Round of 16 match despite appearing in every game during the group stage.
Portugal’s game against Switzerland ended up having the most goals, with 4 different players scoring, including Ramos’ hat-trick.After the game, Georgina Rodriguez expressed her displeasure with Santos’ choice in an Instagram post.
“Portugal, many congratulations. All eyes were on you as the 11 players sang the national anthem. It’s a shame we weren’t able to watch the best player in the world for the full 90 minutes. The fans kept calling out your name and requesting you. May God and your dear friend Fernando work together for one more night to make us vibrate, “She composed.
After the game, Fernando Santos, the manager of Portugal, gave an explanation for why he decided to start Ramos instead of Ronaldo. “Ramos and Cristiano are two different athletes. The national team’s captain is in good standing, “said Santos.
“It was tactical. Player diversity exists. I also started Raphael Guerrero and Diogo Dalot, but Joao Cancelo is a fantastic player. For the game against Switzerland, I had that in mind; however, it might have been different in a different game “Santos threw in.
It doesn’t appear that Ronaldo will start for Portugal against Morocco in the quarterfinals given how well Ramos performed against Switzerland.