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Cristiano Ronaldo Was Clearly Fuming At Portugal Manager Fernando Santos After World Cup Qualification Loss

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Cristiano Ronaldo Was Clearly Fuming At Portugal Manager Fernando Santos After World Cup Qualification Loss

Cristiano Ronaldo couldn't help but show how angry he was following Portugal's World Cup qualification loss to Serbia, and he directed it straight at manager Fernando Santos.

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Portugal were beaten on Sunday night in their final group game, their first loss in 10 games, and it meant they lost out on top spot and will have to go through the play-offs.

Renato Sanches had given the hosts a very early lead in Lisbon but Dusan Tadic equalised just before the half hour mark and Fulham's Aleksandar Mitrovic scored in the 90th minute to send Serbia to their third finals.

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It means that Ronaldo's chances of being at a fifth World Cup is on hold, and the Manchester United forward was clearly unhappy with his manager at full time.

Santos helped Portugal win Euro 2016 but it was Ronaldo who was praised for his co-managing during the final, after the forward had to go off injured early in the game.

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The 67-year-old has since over seen his team reach the last 16 at the World Cup in 2018 and the same again at the Euros this summer.

Whilst his defensive football worked for Euro 2016, he has been criticised for not advancing the style with more attacking players who have emerged in recent years.

On Sunday, Ronaldo didn't even register a shot on target, the first time in the campaign that he failed to do so, though he's 'only' scored six times.

Ronaldo was not happy on Sunday. Image: PA Images
Ronaldo was not happy on Sunday. Image: PA Images
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The all time leading scorer in men's football can't completely pass the blame on though, as he was accused of ruining a chance for a late equaliser.

With just 90 seconds left of injury time, Portugal fashioned a good attacking move which fell to the former Juventus forward on the edge of the area.

There were three teammates in the box, and one to his left, perfectly placed for a cross, but the 36-year-old instead attempted a ridiculous volley that had next to no chance of going in.

At least he can go back to his club and start enjoying time with his manager...

Featured Image Credit: TNT Sports

Topics: Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal, Football World Cup

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