Cristiano Ronaldo’s comments about the World Cup in Portugal resurface after Star was benched for the 6-1 win over Switzerland

SUCCESS at the World Cup with Portugal counts for Cristiano Ronaldo WITH or WITHOUT goals.

The 37-year-old striker with 819 career goals was benched for Portugal’s World Cup Round of 16 match against Switzerland.

Ronaldo would be happy that Portugal would have won the World Cup if he hadn't scored as a result

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Ronaldo would be happy that Portugal would have won the World Cup if he hadn’t scored as a resultPhoto credit: The Mega Agency

A goal in the group stage and a disgruntled reaction to being substituted against South Korea left coach Fernando Santos unperturbed.

Pepe took over the captaincy in Ronaldo’s absence and substitute striker Goncalo Ramos scored a hat-trick in the 6-1 win.

Ronaldo came on for 16 minutes with the Swiss already in bed.

But contrary to popular belief, Ronaldo would be happy for Portugal to win the World Cup if it means he doesn’t score.

He said in November: “If you tell me Portugal will win the World Cup without my goals, I’ll sign it right away.”

Such comments contradict Portuguese outlets Record’s reporting that Ronaldo threatened to leave the World Cup altogether after being benched.

The Portuguese FA slammed the news, as did Ronaldo himself.

He shared a snap of the squad, including himself as a sub, celebrating Tuesday’s goal, writing: “A group too close to be broken by outside forces. A nation too brave to be intimidated by any adversary.

Ronaldo vs prodigy Ramos at the World Cup

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Ronaldo vs prodigy Ramos at the World Cup

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“A team in the truest sense of the word that will fight for the dream to the end! Believe with us! Strength, Portugal!”

The Portuguese released a statement, which read: “News published this Thursday reports that Cristiano Ronaldo threatened to leave the national team during a conversation with national team coach Fernando Santos.

“The FPF clarifies that at no point did the national team captain Cristiano Ronaldo threaten to leave the national team during the internship in Qatar.

“Every day, Cristiano Ronaldo builds a unique track record of service to the national team and the country, which must be respected and which shows an undeniable commitment to the national team.

“By the way, the great dedication of Portugal’s record national player was shown again – if necessary – in the win against Switzerland in the round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup.

“The national team – players, coaches and FPF structure – has been fully committed and enthusiastic since day one in building what the country wants to see as Portugal’s best participation in a World Cup ever.”

Portugal meet Morocco in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

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If they get past the North African country, they can expect a date with world champions France OR England in the semi-finals.

A semi-final victory could mean a final dance with Argentina, Brazil, Croatia or rival Lionel Messi’s Netherlands in the final on December 18.

Ramos is Portugal's top scorer

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Ramos is Portugal’s top scorer

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