Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival in Doha marks his fifth – and possibly last – World Cup following the Portuguese captain’s feud with Manchester United last week.
Cristiano Ronaldo has taken part in his first World Cup training session in Qatar after battling gastroenteritis as Portugal prepare to take on Ghana in their debut match.
On Saturday, one day after landing in the host country, Ronaldo resumed training with Portugal, the team’s first collective training session since arriving in Doha.
Portugal, included in Group H, will play against Ghana on Thursday; they will play Uruguay on November 28 and South Korea on December 2.
With his fifth World Cup appearance in sight, this could be Ronaldo’s last as the Portuguese captain has repeatedly hinted at his retirement in recent years.
The arrival of the Manchester United attacker in Qatar also comes with his club career appears being in doubt. Last week, during a scathing interview with Piers Morgan, Ronaldo said he felt “cheated” by the Old Trafford Club and added that he had no respect for head coach Erik ten Hag.
“The owners of the club, [the] Glazers… they don’t care – I mean professional, sporting,” Ronaldo said in the interview. ‘They don’t care. I never spoke to them, never.”
Manchester United have not immediately commented on the comments, but are rumored to be exploring legal options that could see the club waive the star striker prematurely.
“Manchester United have taken appropriate steps this morning following Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent media interview,” the club said in a statement. pronunciation on Friday.
They added: “We will not be making any further comments until this process is completed.”
However, Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva dismissed speculation that the ordeal had become a distraction for the national team.
“The news coming out of England has nothing to do with the national team, so I won’t say anything about it,” Silva said in a recent interview.
Portugal’s best World Cup finish was in 1966 when the national side took third place in England. They have not reached the quarter-finals since the 2006 World Cup in Germany when they took fourth place.