The person who coaches the five-time Ballon d’Or winner at worldwide degree does not need his membership state of affairs to turn out to be a distraction
Fernando Santos has insisted that hypothesis over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future should keep away from the Portugal squad, whereas claiming that the Juventus famous person’s essential aim is to win the World Cup.
Juve’s early exit from the Champions League has sparked discuss that Ronaldo may go away the membership this summer season, which can be when Portugal are resulting from seem within the European Championship.
Santos does not need to see the 36-year-old’s state of affairs on the Allianz Stadium get in the way in which of his lofty ambitions at worldwide degree, which embrace lifting the 2022 World Cup in Qatar subsequent 12 months.
What’s been stated?
“[Cristiano] has a giant dream, that one I do know,” the Portugal boss informed a press convention forward of this month’s first set of World Cup qualifiers.
“He has this large dream of taking part in what we’re getting down to do, that’s the aim of enjoying in a World Cup and profitable it.
“That’s the essential aim, the remainder has to keep away from the nationwide group.”
Who has Ronaldo been linked with?
With Juve now being tipped to money in Ronaldo on the finish of the season, a number of high-profile locations have been mooted for a person revered as among the best footballers of his era.
Actual Madrid are reportedly keen on bringing their all-time report scorer again to Santiago Bernabeu, with head coach Zinedine Zidane fuelling these rumours earlier this week by admitting they “might be true”.
A retracing of steps to Manchester United has additionally been advised for Ronaldo, who left Outdated Trafford together with his standing as a membership legend cemented in 2009 after inspiring their run to a few successive Premier League titles and one Champions League.
Paris Saint-Germain are additionally being credited with an curiosity within the veteran striker’s companies amid recommendations he may hyperlink up with Lionel Messi at Parc des Princes, together with his Argentine rival being tipped to depart Barcelona on the finish of June.
Ronaldo’s report for Portugal
Ronaldo can be the highest-scoring participant in his nation’s historical past, having netted 102 objectives in 170 appearances throughout his 18-year worldwide profession.
The ahead’s first look at a main event noticed him encourage Portugal to the Euro 2004 closing, and he helped them attain the semi-finals in 2012 earlier than enjoying a key function of their run to glory 4 years later.
The furthest Ronaldo has ever been within the World Cup is the semi-final stage in 2010, however he additionally grabbed a UEFA Nations League winners’ medal underneath Santos in 2019.
How has Ronaldo carried out for Juve this season?
Regardless of the actual fact Juve have struggled in Europe whereas additionally falling behind the Serie A title race, Ronaldo has been as prolific as ever underneath Andrea Pirlo in 2020-21.
The frontman has scored 30 objectives in 33 video games in all competitions to date, together with a trademark hat-trick towards Cagliari final weekend.