Nations League: Ronaldo tries to reverse the start of the season ‘horribilis’


Cristiano Ronaldo will try to reverse in the national football team, in the games of Group A2 of the League of Nations with the Czech Republic and Spain, a start to the 2022/23 season that is being truly ‘horribilis’.

After the first eight games of the 2022/23 season, mostly as a substitute used by Manchester United, the 37-year-old Portuguese forward has only one goal scored, and a penalty, a record that just doesn’t leave him out of the chosen list due to a ‘immense’ status, to everything he did in the more or less recent past.

Ronaldo, 37, has long been the ‘captain’ of the ‘quinas’ team and also the player with the most ‘AA’ caps (189), on his way to ‘unimaginable’ 200, and the one with the most goals (117) , being in this chapter the ‘king’ at the level of all selections.

For all this, the United player remains unquestionable, at least for the Portuguese coach, Fernando Santos, who was clear during the presentation of the squad for the clashes with the Czechs (Saturday) and Spaniards (Tuesday).

“I don’t think anyone here in this room doubts that Cristiano Ronaldo continues to be important for the national team”, stressed Fernando Santos.

The Portuguese coach left no room for doubt about what he thinks of the ‘captain’, in line, moreover, with what he has always said, but his ‘nobody’ is questionable, given Ronaldo’s performance and the many alternatives that Portugal has.

The much he achieved, the ‘thousands’ records he sealed, the ‘scary’ amount of goals he scored, all this, no one takes away from him, but the present, his performance at the beginning of the 2022/23 season, is another ‘conversation’ ‘.

For something that has never been explained, Cristiano Ronaldo missed Manchester United’s pre-season, with speculation pointing out that he would want to leave the English club, play in the Europa League, and join a team of ‘Champions’.

The news was ‘flowing’ and the ‘denies’ followed the signing of the Portuguese, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Atlético de Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan or Naples, clubs in which his manager, Jorge Mendes, will have him tried to put.

On the side of the Portuguese footballer, only silence, intermediated by some responses on social networks, one of which stated that he already had a “book of lies” and promised to give an interview in “a few weeks” to tell “the truth”.

A month passed, however, and no words came out of Cristiano Ronaldo’s mouth, with all doubts remaining in the air about what he really wanted, whether he really wanted to leave, and where, or stay at United, and why he missed the preseason.

His return to training only took place on July 26, 22 days after the start, but speculation about his future lasted until September 1, when the market closed and his stay was finally defined.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo started to play, but, with the preparation behind schedule, he didn’t start, being called up only in the 53rd minute of United’s Premier League debut, settled with an unexpected home defeat (1-2) with Brighton.

Six days later, the Portuguese, who would be ‘the remedy for all ills’, started the second round, playing the full 90 minutes, but things didn’t improve for the Manchester team, who ended up thrashed by 4-0 in Brentford stronghold.

Coach Erik ten Hag probably didn’t have what he expected of Ronaldo and relegated him to the bench, from where the Portuguese saw United reborn, with a 2-1 victory at home to Liverpool. The Portuguese international only entered in the 86th minute.

The Dutchman insisted that he had the Portuguese, but in the following three games, the Portuguese forward was once again a substitute, in three more victories for the ‘red devils’, in the strongholds of Southampton (1-0) and Leicester (1-0). ) and in the reception to Arsenal (3-1).

Cristiano Ronaldo played 22 minutes in each of the first two games and 32 in the last, but continued to score zero, increasing the ‘drought’ to six games.

The Europa League followed, with Ten Hag deciding to give the Portuguese starter in his debut, against Real Sociedad: Ronaldo returned to the ‘eleven’ and United returned to defeats, losing 1-0, the fault of a penalty by Brais Mendez.

A week later, and without a game in between due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Cristiano Ronaldo was once again a starter in the second UEFA competition and finally scored his first goal, in a penalty he scored in the 39th minute.

So, after all, Ronaldo has scored one goal, from a penalty, in eight games, and lost in two of the three games in which he started in 2022/23.

Fernando Santos, who never tired of emphasizing the importance of the ‘captain’ in the Portuguese national team, naturally hopes that the ‘ketchup’ will open again and the goals of Cristiano Ronaldo, his great specialty, will return.

day program


Thursday, September 22, 2022

Kazakhstan – Belarus, 15:00

Latvia – Moldova, 17:00

Turkey – Luxembourg, 19:45

Croatia – Denmark, 19:45

France – Austria, 19:45

Liechtenstein – Andorra, 19:45

Poland – Netherlands, 19:45

Lithuania – Faroe Islands, 19:45

Belgium – Wales, 19:45

Slovakia – Azerbaijan, 19:45


Friday, September 23, 2022

Georgia – North Macedonia, 17:00

Estonia – Malta, 17:00

Germany – Hungary, 19:45

Italy – England, 19:45

Bosnia – Montenegro, 19:45

Finland – Romania, 19:45

Bulgaria – Gibraltar, 19:45


Saturday, September 24, 2022

Armenia – Ukraine, 14:00

Northern Ireland – Kosovo, 17:00

Slovenia – Norway, 17:00

Cyprus – Greece, 19:45

Iceland – Russia, 19:45

Israel – Albania, 19:45

Chequia – Portugal, 19:45

Spain – Switzerland, 19:45

Serbia – Sweden, 19:45

Scotland – Rep. Ireland, 19:45


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