He was noticeably more joyful when 39-year-old Pepe headed home a second on 33 minutes. But his stroppy demeanour will only raise more questions on whether Portugal are higher off without him – identical to United.
Ronaldo, who’s a free agent after having his contract terminated by United last month, is anticipated to hitch Saudi Arabian outfit Al Nassr on an eye-watering two-year deal price £344million after the World Cup.
The Selecao captain’s behaviour was heavily criticised by Santos, who took a rare stand against the 118-goal international star by revealing he “didn’t like” Ronaldo’s response to being told he could be substituted.
But it appears that evidently Portugal have found a option to rating without him through their latest hero Ramos and that may concern Ronaldo, who can be itching to return to the team in the event that they make the quarter-finals.