Ronaldo doesn´t need to score against Andorra to break record – Santos defends benching of Portugal

Ronaldo doesn´t need to score against Andorra to break record – Santos defends benching of Portugal

Ronaldo doesn´t want to attain towards Andorra to interrupt file – Santos defends benching of Portugal

Portugal head coach Fernando Santos defended his determination to start out Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench towards Andorra, saying the star would break the worldwide targets file anyway.

Ronaldo got here on at half-time and scored as Portugal thrashed Andorra 7-0 in a pleasant in Lisbon on Wednesday.

The Juventus star moved onto 102 worldwide targets, closing in on former Iran ahead Ali Daei’s males’s file of 109.

Santos mentioned his determination to start out Ronaldo on the bench, saying it was partly as a result of the ahead was not too long ago sidelined with coronavirus.

“Relating to the concept that Cristiano Ronaldo should play [against Andorra] to attain targets and break the file, nicely, Ronaldo doesn’t want to attain towards Andorra to turn into the highest scorer. He will likely be anyway,” he informed a information convention.

“Due to this fact, he got here on as an alternative and performed for lengthy sufficient. It’s necessary to know that Ronaldo didn’t play a recreation for 19 days throughout his lockdown. He’s one of many gamers who want some minutes to get a aggressive rhythm.

“I didn’t suppose it was proper to place him on early within the recreation. Andorra have been taking part in within the final 20 metres of the pitch simply defending and tackling. It may very well be harmful for us. We should look fastidiously at each scenario.

“Anyway, I’m not certain if Ronaldo was anxious to play. Each participant all the time needs to attain targets, that’s for certain.”

Whereas Ronaldo solely performed a half, he had extra photographs (seven) than another participant, whereas additionally ending with an help as he claimed his one hundredth worldwide victory with Portugal.

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