'Portugal wore Ronaldo like a diamond ring they never had'

The Real Madrid forward has been criticized by a coach in his homeland for his failure to believe in his international teammates.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been lambasted by Manuel Jose for treating his Portugal teammates like "subordinates" following their group stage World Cup exit.

The Real Madrid forward was diagnosed with tendonitis of the knee ahead of the tournament and was far from his best as Paulo Bento's men finished third behind USA and Germany in Group G.

And the outspoken Jose, who has coached the likes of Sporting Lisbon, Benfica and Vitoria de Guimaraes in the Primeira Liga, has now delivered a stinging critique of Ronaldo’s contribution in Brazil.

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“He is a fantastic player but every time he speaks he comes out with a blunder," the coash said. “He ended up saying that he never believed in the team. If he does not believe in the team, then he doesn’t believe in his teammates.

“Portugal have been carrying the ‘world’s best’ like a diamond ring that we never had. The other players were treated like subordinates. Completely.”

Despite carrying an injury, Ronaldo still managed to score a goal against Ghana and provide a fine late assist for Silvestre Varela in the second group match against the United States.