Cristiano Ronaldo has denied claims he swore at Portugal coach Fernando Santos when he came on as a substitute in the World Cup clash against South Korea.
The 37-year-old looked unhappy after being knocked out in the 65th minute of their final group game.
Ronaldo failed to score in the match, which he then lost 2-1 but still qualified top of Group H.
Portuguese media claimed the five-time Ballon d’Or winner disagreed with Santos’ decision to withdraw him, using foul language in the process.
However, these comments were actually aimed at one of his opponents.
“What happened was before I was substituted, the South Korean player told me to leave quickly. I told him to shut up because he doesn’t have that authority. There was no of disagreement (with the coach),” said Ronaldo, quoted by Portuguese media, as reported by Reuters.
Santos was also asked about the incident and said: “I saw the interaction with the Korean player and I have no doubts what happened.”
South Korea’s shock winner later propelled them into the round of 16 at the expense of Uruguay, even though they had beaten Ghana 2-0.
Earlier this season, Ronaldo refused to replace Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag in a game against Tottenham.
He then walked down the tunnel and then left the first team.
The striker then gave an explosive interview to Piers Morgan where he denounced the owners of Ten Hag and United.
It was announced last month that he had agreed to terminate his contract at Old Trafford and is currently a free agent.
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