Former Bafana Boss Slams Ronaldo's Attitude
Former Bafana Bafana Boss Slams Cristiano Ronaldo's Attitude
A former Bafana Bafana boss, who worked with Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United, has slammed the superstar's antics after the duo met at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Carlos Queiroz knows Ronaldo from his time as an assistant coach to Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, as well as when he was leading Portugal's national team manager between 2008 and 2010.
The 65-year-old also had a stint with Bafana Bafana, helping them qualify for the 2002 World Cup, but left the national team before the tournament following a clash with SAFA.
After Iran's last-minute 1-1 draw with Portugal, which saw A Selecao drop from first to second spot in Group B, Queiroz revealed that Ronaldo and a number of his teammates refused to shake his hand after the fixture.
"I can't understand someone who can't be bothered to come over and greet a coach who spent 12 years working for the Portuguese football federation," he told Portuguese daily Publico, as cited by AS.
"During my time there, I won European and world titles, brought new ideas and restructured the team. The history of the Portuguese football federation didn't start on the island of Madeira with Cristiano Ronaldo. It started well before then.
"And those are not the values which I was taught by people like Jose Augusto, Simoes, Eusebio, Humberto Coelho... I am not saying that the values which modern day players have are bad, just that they are not the same as the values I and many other people hold.
"I am Portuguese. But despite all of that, I feel happy because three Portugal players – Adrien Silva, Bruno Alves and Beto – did come over to greet me after the game."
Portugal and Ronaldo will now face Uruguay in the round of 16 on Saturday, while the winner between France and Argentina awaits in the quarter-final if they beat Luis Suarez and company.
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