CRISTIANO RONALDO may be considered the best player in the world, but he doesn’t believe he’s fit enough for both club and international football.
Coach Fernando Santos accepted his captain’s request not to be selected despite the nation’s disappointing World Cup campaign.
Despite Cristiano Ronaldo scoring four goals in four games, Portugal had a disappointing World Cup[/caption]
Why is Cristiano Ronaldo not playing against Poland?
It’s not too unusual for superstars like Ronaldo to be given permission to skip unimportant international games during a busy season.
However, with the introduction of the UEFA Nations League, Ronaldo will miss TODAY’S competitive game against Poland, who are captained by Bayern Munich ace Robert Lewandowski.
Now 33-years-old, it seems the Juventus man is looking to reduce his international game time to preserve what’s left of his club career at the top level.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos said: “After talking to the player, and after he moved to Juventus with all the processes of adaptation that entails, we understand it was best for him to not be present for these games.”
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When does Portugal vs Italy kick off?
The game will be played TODAY.
Kick-off is scheduled for 7.45pm.
Which TV channel is Poland vs Portugal on and can I live stream it?
This game will be shown live on Sky Sports Football via the red button.
Sky subscribers will be able to get this online and on the Sky Sports Mobile app.
Alternatively, you can catch all the action on our dedicated SunSport LIVE BLOG.