Cristiano Ronaldo ‘blank’ former manager after being left out of starting XI

Cristiano Ronaldo, who currently plays in the Saudi Professional League, has worked under a number of coaches during his illustrious career and achieved great success

Cristiano Ronaldo falls out with former Portugal coach Fernando Santos(Saudi Professional League)

Former Portugal coach Fernando Santos has revealed that he is not currently speaking to Cristiano Ronaldo following his altercation at last year’s World Cup.

Santos shocked global football when he omitted Ronaldo from the starting XI for Portugal’s last 16 match against Switzerland. The decision proved to be the right one, with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s replacement Goncalo Ramos scoring a hat-trick in the team’s 6-1 victory.

Ronaldo also started as a substitute in Portugal’s quarter-final loss to Morocco. Santos’ decision to sack Ronaldo dominated headlines at the time and appeared to have affected their relationship, with the pair no longer sending each other Christmas cards.

Santos and Ronaldo were “very close” during the manager’s time in Portugal. Santos, who resigned from his post after the World Cup in Qatar, claimed Ronaldo was like a “son” to him. The pair enjoyed great success together, winning Euro 2016 in France.

Santos revealed the full circumstances surrounding the breakdown of his relationship with Ronaldo in an interview with Portuguese outlet A Bola. He said: “That’s another thing… we don’t talk anymore… I don’t know what it is… we’ve been since I came back (home) from Qatar Never said a word.”

Santos insisted their spat had “nothing to do with the Swiss game”. The two first met when Santos became manager of Sporting Lisbon in June 2003, and Ronaldo moved to Manchester United two months later to begin his journey to superstardom.

The Portuguese coach added: “The expression is a bit strong, but almost like a father and son, or a younger brother and an older brother. Our relationship is very close, very strong, both professionally and personally.”

Santos and Ronaldo clashed at last year’s World Cup(PA line)

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