Will there be changes? One of the most controversial images of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar Cristiano Ronaldo. As one recalls, the Al-Nassr shooter was relegated to the substitutes’ bench in the middle of the competition, prompting much criticism of coach Fernando Santos, who was sacked from his post after retiring. After a few weeks it is The Portuguese Football Federation have announced Roberto Martínez as their new coach and he took the opportunity to talk about the future of “CR7”.
The former Belgium national team strategist began his speech by saying that he hopes to see all the players on the pitch. “Football decisions have to be made on the pitch. I’m not a coach to make decisions in the office,” he said at a press conference.
Referring to the “Commander”, the Spaniard noted the trajectory that the 37-year-old player has in the Portuguese team. He also explained that his project will have as a starting point the team that was present at the last World Cup.
“The list of 26 players from the last World Cup is my starting point and Cristiano is a player on that list. He has been with the national team for 19 years and deserves the respect to sit down and talk. And tomorrow we will start talking and getting to know each other and Cristiano is one of them,” he added.
It should be noted that Martínez will debut on the bench in March. His managers meet Liechtenstein and Luxembourg in the qualifiers for Euro 2024.
What will Cristiano Ronaldo’s salary be at Al-Nassr?
Cristiano Ronaldo became the highest paid footballer in football history after signing for Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr. The former Manchester United striker is set to earn an impressive sum 200 million euros by 2025.