The media reported during the day that Cristiano Ronaldo has threatened to leave the Portugal national team after Fernando Santos left him on the bench for the match against Switzerland.
But Ronaldo’s team-mate Otavio denied the story at the press conference and explained what happened in the Portugal dressing room.
“Cristiano is our captain even if he is on the bench. He is a true captain and we all follow his example, even when he is not playing.”
“Do you know what he did when he found out he wasn’t going to play? He spoke to us in the dressing room and encouraged us, especially Goncalo Ramos, who played in his place.”
“He never said he could leave us,” said Otavio.
During the day, the player himself and the Portuguese football federation reacted, denying the news.