Cristiano Ronaldo ‘takes Portugal team-mates out for dinner and foots the bill’ as he puts Manchester United drama behind him to focus on his country’s next match – ‘though team-mates Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo and Jose Sa are absent’
Frustration has mounted throughout the build-up to the World Cup and during the tournament so far with how Ronaldo’s club issues have dominated the news over Portugal’s bid to win their first World Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo (back in green) reportedly took out his Portugal team-mates for dinner with the squad pictured here enjoying their break from training for the World Cup
Ronaldo scored for Portugal during their opening 3-2 victory over Ghana on Thursday
The Portugal team have put on a united front after they were pictured together for 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 pair Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot were among those pictured with the squad on their night out.
According to El Espanol, Ronaldo took his team-mates out for dinner at the recently opened Tatel de Doha restaurant on Al Maha Island – which the 37-year-old star has links with. He also reportedly picked up the tab.
The Tatel de Doha belongs to Mabel Hospitality, which has Ronaldo and tennis legend Rafael Nadal among others as partners of the company.
Ronaldo is putting his Man United drama behind him after he left the club via mutual termination
They were out until 11.30pm before the national team picked up the players on their own bus.
Ronaldo’s departure from Old Trafford came after his explosive interview with Piers Morgan.
In the interview, he said that he felt ‘betrayed’ by the club and claimed that he ‘didn’t respect’ Erik ten Hag as he felt the Dutchman didn’t respect him.
Some Portugal players including Bernardo Silva didn’t turn up for the dinner as they had plans with their family
Former Man United team-mates Bruno Fernandes (left) did show up for the team dinner
The World Cup will likely be Ronaldo’s last chance at winning the only major prize missing from his incredible CV.
He will also be looking to show what he can do as he looks for a new club to join after the tournament has concluded.
Portugal could seal their place in the Round of 16 if they beat Uruguay on Monday.