Thursday, 22 June 2017

Portugal Boss Backs Ronaldo's Right To Snub Media

Portugal national team coach Fernando Santos defended Cristiano Ronaldo's right to snub the media once again after the Real Madrid star grabbed the only goal as Portugal beat Russia 1-0 on Wednesday.
Real Madrid hitman Ronaldo headed the winner for his country at Moscow's Spartak Stadium on Wednesday but refused to answer questions afterwards.

Ronaldo has not spoken to the media since reports emerged in Portugal of his desire to quit Madrid over a perceived lack of support from the club after Spanish authorities opened an investigation into allegations of tax fraud against the former Manchester United forward.

And, although it is believed his stance has softened slightly after being backed by Madrid president Florentino Perez this week, his future remains shrouded in mystery.

Asked about the issue, Santos was unsurprisingly standing by his captain.

He said: "Do you think he should answer questions about issues outside the game?"

"He's here to talk about the game - full stop. He's not talking about his family, Real Madrid, nothing. He's here to talk about the game.

"I understand you're all curious, but you have to respect the personal life of the player. You will have other opportunities to talk to him and get all the answers. I think he did very well in not answering any questions."

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