Have No regrets: Santos sticks by decision to drop Ronaldo during World Cup

Fernando Santos has no regrets over dropping Cristiano Ronaldo from the starting lineup after Portugal's exit from the World Cup.

Fernando Santos has no regrets over dropping Cristiano Ronaldo from the starting lineup after Portugal's exit from the World Cup.

Fernando Santos has no regrets over dropping Cristiano Ronaldo from the starting lineup after Portugal's exit from the World Cup.

Ronaldo dropped for second consecutive game

Cristiano Ronaldo once again started on the bench for Portugal's quarter-final tie against Morocco and was introduced in the 51st minute in place of Ruben Neves.

Unlike their last-16 tie where Portugal won 6-1 against Switzerland without their talisman in the starting lineup, the quarter-final encounter saw Portugal crash out of the World Cup after a 1-0 defeat against Morocco.

Coach Fernando Santos, though, maintained that he does not regret dropping Ronaldo and suggested that the 37-year-old was introduced into the game when it was necessary.

Ronaldo made his 196th appearance for Portugal on Saturday and thereby equalled Badr Al-Mutawa's record of having the most number of international caps for a male player.

Ronaldo is currently without a club after parting ways with Manchester United with immediate effect in November.

He reportedly has an offer from Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr but he is yet to make a decision

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