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World Cup 2022: ‘Cristiano Ronaldo reduced to role of the superstar nobody wants.

Cristiano Ronaldo was reduced to the role of the superstar nobody wants after Portugal followed Manchester United’s lead in deciding they might just be better off without him.

And better off without him they certainly were, as Portugal rewarded coach Fernando Santos’s courage in dropping his country’s sporting icon with a complete attacking performance and a 6-1 win over Switzerland that sets up a World Cup quarterfinal against Morocco.

Santos was vindicated in his decision to axe Ronaldo after publicly criticizing his gestures when he was substituted in the final group game against South Korea. He also hit the jackpot as his young replacement, Goncalo Ramos, hit a superb hat-trick.


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