With the pressure on the former Real Madrid talisman at Juventus, is this the reason for the snub at the international level? The forward would not skipper Portugal when they meet Croatia and he would not be available for the very important game against Italy in the UEFA Nations League.
The 33-year old said the stress of changing clubs, relocating and adapting to the new league is the reason he would not be available. Coach Fernando Santosconfirmed he spoke to Ronaldo and agreed with the player that the current situation was best he stayed put in Italy. The coach made the news round for saying Ronaldo deserves the FIFA Best Player award ahead of Luka Modric, who many believe would get the nod.
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