Cristiano Ronaldo ‘takes Portuguese teammates out to dinner and foots the bill’ as he leaves Manchester United drama behind to focus on his country’s next match – ‘although teammates Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo and Jose Sa are absent’
Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly took his Portuguese teammates to dinner at the World Cup in Qatar as he puts the drama surrounding his departure from Manchester United behind him.
The latest addition to the free agent market scored from the penalty spot in Portugal’s first 3-2 victory over Ghana in his first game since his unceremonious exit from Old Trafford.
Frustration has mounted in the run-up to the World Cup and throughout the tournament so far with Ronaldo’s club issues dominating the news of Portugal’s attempt to win their first World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo (back in green) reportedly took his Portuguese teammates out for dinner with the side pictured here enjoying their break from training for the World Cup
Ronaldo scored for Portugal in their first 3-2 win over Ghana on Thursday
The Portuguese team have put up a united front after being photographed together before dinner, deciding to spend their time together after Fernando Santos gave them a break away from training.
It showed a spirit of unity within the team, with the only missing players being those with relatives in Qatar, such as Jose Sa, Joao Cancelo and Bernardo Silva, who decided to spend time with their loved ones.
United duo Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot were among the photos with the side on their night out.
According to El Spanish, Ronaldo took his teammates to dinner at the recently opened Tatel de Doha restaurant on Al Maha Island – which the 37-year-old star has ties to. He also reportedly picked up the tab.
The Tatel de Doha belongs to Mabel Hospitality, whose partners include Ronaldo and tennis legend Rafael Nadal.
Ronaldo is putting his Man United drama behind him after leaving the club via mutual sacking
They were gone until 11:30 pm before the national team collected the players in their own bus.
Ronaldo’s departure from Old Trafford came after his explosive interview with Piers Morgan.
In the interview, he said he felt “betrayed” by the club and claimed he “disrespected” Erik ten Hag as he felt the Dutchman disrespected him.
Some Portuguese players, including Bernardo Silva, did not show up for dinner because they had plans with their families
Former Man United teammates Bruno Fernandes (left) did turn up for the team dinner
The World Cup will probably be Ronaldo’s last chance to win the one major prize missing from his incredible resume.
He will also try to show what he can do as he looks for a new club to join after the tournament is over.
Portugal could secure their place in the Round of 16 if they beat Uruguay on Monday.