Ronaldo is widely considered to be one of the most well-known football players of all time, as well as one of the most well-known people on the planet.
He currently holds the record for the most goals scored in international competition with eight goals scored across 20 World Cup matches.
Over the course of 20 years, his record has been nothing short of astounding.
As a result, it would come as a surprise if he was left off of the Portugal team for their match against Switzerland in the round of 16 of the World Cup.
Although he has started Portugal’s previous three World Cup group games, he will not be playing against Switzerland because Switzerland is not in Portugal’s group.
Why isn’t Cristiano Ronaldo playing against Switzerland?
The Portuguese team has decided not to start the 37-year-old legend in their match against Switzerland.
Goncalo Ramos, 21, a forward for Benfica, has been selected to replace Fernando Santos in the starting lineup.
It indicates that Ronaldo will be sitting on the bench once more, which is a position he has become all too accustomed to during this season with Manchester United.
That was before he and the club both decided it would be in their best interests to rip up his contract.
It’s possible that Santos is trying to hedge his bets by knowing that if the game goes to overtime and penalties, it will be more advantageous to have Ronaldo come off the bench and score a penalty if one is required.
Cristiano Ronaldo DROPPED from Portugal starting XI to play Switzerland
The vast majority of Portugal supporters voted against Cristiano Ronaldo starting in their upcoming World Cup match, urging Fernando Santos to remove the 37-year-old from the squad.
Ronaldo has only scored one goal so far in the World Cup and will no longer be employed after Manchester United cancelled his contract.
That occurred in the nation’s 3-2 triumph over Ghana in its opening group match. He was charged with cheating in order to win the penalty kick for the 2016 European Champions.
Since Ronaldo was unable to further affect the competition, the European team has had to rely on goals from other sources.
He left Manchester United amicably after the World Cup began, so it is obvious that his future is uncertain, despite rumors that he has already made up his mind to leave Manchester United for a large sum of money.
He had a falling out with Erik ten Hag, who was the manager at Old Trafford, and the Dutchman may not be the only coach to fire the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Santos made a suggestion that he would take the captain’s armband away from Ronaldo for Tuesday’s round of 16 match against Switzerland in response to an event that occurred when he was substituted during the defeat to South Korea.
But it’s not just the manager who has doubts about the all-time leading scorer in men’s international football; Portuguese publication A Bola recently conducted a survey to find out whether the supporters want Ronaldo to start their next match.
In the survey, 30% of participants chose the striker while 70% stated they wouldn’t start the forward.
Santos and Ronaldo are sinking the choice. He should play the final 30 minutes because he is no longer as quick and deadly, a supporter said.
A second supporter disagreed, saying, “He shouldn’t have even been called up after everything that occurred in Manchester. He shouldn’t even be in the squad.” He had the chance to lead in this pick, but instead he is getting in the way.
He is dismantling the picture of himself that he has created. If you lose him, you lose the choice. My dears, this is now CR37, not CR7.
“He has already demonstrated that he is not in the physical and mental condition to assume the title, tactically he is injuring the group,” a third person stated.
Not even the first time in recent months has A Bola questioned Ronaldo, carrying the banner “Less Ronaldo, More Portugal” after the team’s Nations League loss to Spain.
The forward is always eager to play, of course, but his dismal World Cup track record will give him extra motivation.
He scored his first goal in five World Cups earlier in the competition, but none of those goals have come in the knockout rounds.
Despite the fact that they advanced to the semifinals in 2006, they haven’t advanced past the round of 16.