Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister says Portugal boss Fernando Santos ‘humiliated’ her brother for substitute role as she hits out at World Cup decision to leave him out of starting 11 on Tuesday.
Ronaldo was named among the substitutes for his country’s 6-1 hammering of Switzerland in the last 16, coming off the bench in a major tournament for the first time since Euro 2004.
His call was richly rewarded as Ronaldo’s replacement, Goncalo Ramos, made a name for himself with a stunning performance.
The 21-year-old Benfica striker bagged a hat-trick in his ever start for the senior side, while Ronaldo joined the fray as a 73rd-minute substitute, but failed to impact the game.
The former Manchester United superstar was shocked at his omission as the world’s photographers gathered at the dugout, and his sister was just as surprised.
Posting an image of the team on Instagram Elma Aveiro wrote: “Today we are all together, if you think it has to be like this I am here to see it.”
After one follower replied saying she ‘couldn’t believe Ronaldo had been dropped and called it a ‘major injustice’, Elma posted another message.
“I don’t know why and I don’t understand it, but I’m sure we’ll have the answer from God later, he doesn’t fail, let’s see,” she wrote.