Ronaldo inspires Portugal off-the-field

IS Cristiano Ronaldo really a changed man at this Qatar World Cup?

Perhaps it was a shrewd tactical move as Portugal boss Fernando Santos benched Ronaldo for the last 16 tie in Qatar after the 37-year-old started all three group games.  

Surprisingly, the decision paid off handsomely as his replacement, Goncalo Ramos, scored a hat-trick in a clinical 6-1 demolition of the Swiss. 

Ronaldo, for the record, came off the bench for Joao Felix in the 73rd minute, with the score at 5-1. 

Alongside a picture of him celebrating Leao’s goal, he wrote on Instagram : “Incredible day for Portugal, with a historic result in the biggest competition in world football. 

Ronaldo is currently without a club after seeing his contract with Manchester United terminated last month.