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Portugal disputes what Ronaldo said. Threat of a World Cup boycott

Cristiano Ronaldo threatened to quit the World Cup team on Thursday, but the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) refuted that claim.

Unexpectedly, the 37-year-old striker was benched for Tuesday’s round of 16 match, and Goncalo Ramos, who took his place, scored a hat trick in the 6-1 victory.

Ronaldo came off the bench, but according to a Portuguese news outlet, Record, he had earlier threatened to quit during a heated exchange with Fernando Santos.

“The FPF clarifies that at no time did the captain of the Selecao, Cristiano Ronaldo, threaten to leave the national team during the stay in Qatar,” said the federation.

“Every day Ronaldo is building up a unique track record at the service of the national team and the country, which must be respected.”

The FPF claimed that Ronaldo’s participation versus Switzerland was another example of his dedication to the cause.

Ronaldo is both the all-time leading scorer for men’s international teams and the Portuguese player with the most caps.

In the quarterfinal match against Morocco on Saturday, Ramos might once more start over Ronaldo.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner participated in a gym session with the starters against Switzerland on Wednesday rather than training with the other substitutes.

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