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'Ronaldo completely finished, no player can bench Messi' - Portugal star's bench role vs Switzerland has fans abuzz

2:10 PM IST 07/12/22
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The 37-year-old was on the bench as the Selecao hammered the Red Crosses to reach the last eight at Lusail Stadium

Cristiano Ronaldo is fading after starting from the bench for Portugal in the 6-1 World Cup victory against Switzerland on Tuesday, according to African fans.

In the Round of 16 fixture at Lusail Stadium, the Selecao coach Fernando Santos stunned many after he decided to bench the 37-year-old Ronaldo for the 21-year-old Goncalo Ramos, who went ahead to grab the headlines with a hat-trick.

Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro and substitute Rafael Leao scored the other goals for Portugal, who will now face Morocco in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

Though the former Manchester United forward was finally introduced in the 74th for Joao Felix, the decision to keep him on the bench has drawn mixed reactions among African fans on social media.

A huge section have supported coach Santos for taking the brave move, while some insist Ronaldo is past his best and it is not possible for Argentina's Lionel Messi to start from the bench.

  • Cristiano-Ronaldo

    Ronaldo is finished

    Ronaldo is finished and should give way to young players. - Emmanuel Bassey

    I used to think Ronaldo is finished but after seeing him on the bench, I realised he is completely finished... - Beborn Stephen

    Ronaldo is not finished 😂😂 but he's completely finished 😂 - Evans Adams

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal World Cup 2022 bench

    Ronaldo fading away

    He is on the bench for a very important match for Portugal... and no one is shouting disrespect... The coach wants to win well and good and he knows Ronaldo wouldn't suit the style he wants... that's the same thing Ten Hag did and people were shouting disrespect

    Know this and know peace... Ronaldo is fading away as a player... - Temiloluwa David

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 2022

    Ronaldo should have retire

    Ronaldo should just accept he's washed up and retire from international football and give space to young guys like Ramos. - James Momanyi.

    Ronaldo should have retired when he was at the top, but now he will be remembered for being a miserable flop, he is not bigger than a manager or a team. Good riddance Coach Fernando Santos and good game to Goncalo Ramos. sorry we didn't see that coming 😔. - Stainless

  • cristiano ronaldo lionel messi copa del mundo 2022

    No player can bench Messi

    Which player in the world can bench Lionel Messi? Absolutely no one but see Ronaldo life today, even in his face he wasn’t happy at all. - Zechariah Bala

    On the bench, this is where everyone will understand Messi is better than Ronaldo. - Yusuf Umaru

  • 20221206 Fernando Santos Cristiano Ronaldo

    Good to bench Ronaldo

    I love the fact that he was benched. That decision entirely changed the mindset of the Swiss coming into the game. CR7 is a Great player and have been so for Portugal for the past 18 years and nothing can change his legacies for club/country.

    He can be benched till the final but his impact to this sport won't change. I'm proud of how he carried himself and celebrated with the team even from the bench. - Bature Shedrack

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Fernando Santos Portugal World Cup 2022

    Portugal coach vindicated

    I love the Portuguese coach for having that winning mentality. In this World Cup, names and perhaps overhyped names don't get starting stats in critical stages like this. - Hassan Husain

    This is what we call a coach, he knows who to play during what match and no matter who you are you can be dropped. - Abrah Michael

    The coach has been vindicated by benching him. - Baba Osman

    The coach made the right decision. - Rejoice Ashong

  • 20221206 Goncalo Ramos

    Portugal deadly without Ronaldo

    Some people can cry for that finished player Ronaldo. We all saw the fact that Portugal without Ronaldo is a completely dangerous team as compared to their previous matches.

    Please you people should stop crying 😢 and accept the fact. - Muftawu Safari

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Switzerland

    Ronaldo will shine again

    Ronaldo will wake up and play active football again. You can not shine always in your life. After all, most players that lie about their ages start active football at the age of 35 in many countries... - UniFrank Archie

  • Cristiano Ronaldo fan.

    Ronaldo has nothing to prove

    We all need to understand every good story has a finishing line and Cristiano Ronaldo is in his final years of his career and what’s happening is absolutely normal. However, what I don’t understand is the hate he is receiving every single day is crazy, he doesn’t deserve this in his final years.

    He will always be my GOAT and he has nothing else to prove in his career anymore, a World Cup is the cherry on top of the cake. He’s completed his career at a high level and now we are in the final chapters of a beautiful story book. Now and always. 🇵🇹❤️ - CR7 JR

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United 2022-23

    Not news Ronaldo being benched

    What's news about Ronaldo starting from the bench? When he started playing for the Portuguese national team most of the current players weren't there so what about all this cheap hypocrisy. - Nelson Ayamdoo