“A piece of news released this Thursday reports that Cristiano Ronaldo threatened to leave the national team during a conversation with Fernando Santos. The FPF clarifies that at no time did the captain of the national team, Cristiano Ronaldo, threaten to leave the national team”, says a statement published on the official website of the organization on the Internet.

In the same note, the FPF highlights the “unique history” that the 37-year-old Portuguese forward has built at the service of the team and representing the country, stressing that it “has to be respected” and that “attests to the unquestionable degree of commitment to the selection”.

“By the way, the degree of dedication of the player most capped by Portugal was again demonstrated - if necessary - in the victory against Switzerland, in the Round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup. The national team - players, coaches and FPF structure - is, as it has been since the first day, fully committed and enthusiastic in building what the country wants to be Portugal's best ever participation in a World Cup", concludes the statement from the FPF.