Bruno Fernandes insists there’s ‘no need for a soap opera’ around Cristiano Ronaldo after his Portugal and Man United team-mate’s poor performance in the loss to Spain – and insists the fact that “goals will appear” for the striker under fire
- Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes came to the defense of Cristiano Ronaldo
- Ronaldo was criticized following a poor performance in Portugal’s loss to Spain
- But Fernandes insisted ‘the goals will come’ despite Ronaldo’s rocky start
- Ronaldo has scored just one goal in all competitions since the summer break
Bruno Fernandes has defended his Manchester United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo after the 37-year-old was criticized for his performance in Portugal’s 1-0 loss to Spain on Tuesday.
Despite an impressive win over the Czech Republic on Saturday to top Nations League Group A2, the loss to Spain means Fernando Santos’ side will not qualify for the final of the competition.
Following the result, Ronaldo was criticized by both fans and pundits for his lackluster performance, with calls growing for the talismanic striker to be dropped ahead of the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.
Bruno Fernandes defended Cristiano Ronaldo after Portugal lost to Spain
Ronaldo struggled in the game as Portugal failed to reach the Nations League final
However, after the match, Bruno Fernandes was quick to claim that Ronaldo’s calls for retirement were premature:
“There is no need to make big fuss. Cristiano is there, he is there to help and he will continue to help.
‘Cristiano is a striker; he wants to score goals. Frustration is normal, but no one was more frustrated than anyone.
Fernandes insisted the whole squad were frustrated but backed Ronaldo to get back into shape
“We were all very frustrated – there’s no need to make a soap opera around Cristiano.”
Ronaldo has had a difficult start to the season with his failing form in international duty compounded by his lack of playing time at club level.
The Portuguese star’s desire to walk away from Old Trafford just twelve months after his long-awaited return was widely publicized, and although he ultimately stayed at the club, Ronaldo started just one league game. under Erik ten Hag this season.
Ronaldo scored his first goal of the season for Manchester United in a Europa League win over FC Sheriff
After a fruitless start to the campaign, Ronaldo finally succeeded at club level with a penalty in United’s Europa League win over FC Sheriff.
Fernandes, however, backed his international captain to return to the goalscoring form that defined his storied career.
“He did what he had to do; goals will appear.
‘It’s a step. When the goals start to appear, he will have more ability and peace of mind to continue scoring many goals for our national team. We can’t forget that he is the all-time top scorer.