Carlos Queiroz has warned Cristiano
Ronaldo he needs to find his best form in a Portugal shirt, or his place in the
starting XI could be under threat.
The world’s most expensive player
once again failed to reproduce his club form on the international stage as
Portugal tumbled out of the World Cup on Tuesday after losing 1-0 to Spain in
the second round.
The 25-year-old admitted he was a
‘broken man’ on his agent’s website but his comments have not gained any
sympathy from the
Queiroz, who saw plenty of Ronaldo
during his time as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant at Manchester United, told the
$130 million midfielder he needs to deliver for his country.
“We are not unaware of those
remarks, but we are not here to be friends with the players,” said the
57-year-old of Ronaldo, who scored just one goal in South Africa.
“One must never allow anyone
placing himself above the best interests of the national side. Portugal needs
Ronaldo, and Ronaldo needs the national side. But if this shirt unnerves some
players, they have no grounds
to be there.”