Cristiano Ronaldo “DID NOT train” with Portugal’s other substitutes in the round of 16 today.

BREAKING: Spanish media claim Cristiano Ronaldo did NOT train with Portugal’s other substitutes of the last 16 TODAY – as the sacked captain insisted on a training session with the starting XI.

According to reports from Spain, Cristiano Ronaldo did not train with Portugal’s substitutes on Wednesday, instead insisting on joining the starters for a training session at the gym.

The 37-year-old was left out by Portugal coach Fernando Santos in his side’s impressive 6-1 win over Switzerland in the last 16 of the World Cup.

His successor, Goncalo Ramos, sent Portugal into the quarter-finals with an impressive hat-trick, confirming Santos’ decision to ditch the country’s superstar.

Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly didn't train with Portugal's substitute on Wednesday

Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly didn’t train with Portugal’s substitute on Wednesday

Santos admitted last week he was furious with Ronaldo for playing against South Korea after being substituted in Portugal’s group stage win.

According to Marca, the ex-Manchester United striker continues to cause a stir in Qatar by not showing up for training with the Portuguese substitutes.

The Spanish outlet claims Ronaldo went to the gym with the starters instead, despite playing less than 20 minutes against Switzerland as a substitute.

The 37-year-old was benched in Portugal's 6-1 win over Switzerland

The 37-year-old was benched in Portugal’s 6-1 win over Switzerland

It is understood that the Portuguese camp were ‘surprised’ not to see Ronaldo among the substitutes on the pitch, admitting he wasn’t unwell and was in perfect shape to train.

Santos’ decision to drop the icon ended Ronaldo’s 31-game streak that he had started in major tournaments.


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