Ronaldo refuses to play for Portugal0
Juventus Turin’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo followed in footsteps of Lionel Messi and suspended his performance for the national team in 2018, O Jogo newspaper reports.
The Portuguese this summer moved from Real Madrid to Juventus for 105 million euros. Later the forward got in touch with the coaching staff of the national team of Portugal and Fernando Santos in particular having asked not to call him up for the forthcoming matches. Therefore Ronaldo missed the control match against Croatia and the first Nations League game with Italy.
According to the official version, the reason for the former Real seven’s refusal is the footballer’s necessity to adapt to a new club. This season Cristiano has played seven matches in which he scored three goals and made four assists. Therefore the adaptation for him went perfectly. However, he is not in a hurry to return to the national team and that became the reason for spreading rumors.
For the past week media discussed a scandal, which arose around the Portuguese’s persona. The American Kathryn Mayorga claims that she was raped by the footballer in 2009 in Las Vegas and the press reckons that because of this incident Ronaldo was expelled from the national team. the forward denies accusations, calling them groundless and female lawyers announced that they will demand from Ronaldo 200 thousand pounds moral compensation.
As for the football side of the issue, Portugal haven’t lost efficiency without the main goalscorer of the national team. In the first Nations League match the European Brazilians minimally defeated Italy, 1:0, and before that they had a draw with the Croatians, 1:1. Ahead of Santos’ team is the second match of the new international European tournament against Poland and a friendly encounter with Scotland.
Despite Ronaldo’s absence in the line-up for the forthcoming match against Poland, Portugal keep the status of a favorite, according to bookmakers. Thus, 1xBet bookmaking company offers the odds of 2.50 for the Iberian team’s victory, while the hosts triumph is evaluated as 3.03 and a draw is 3.15. Whereas the most probable outcome according to the operator would be a draw with a score of 1:1 – 6.00.