Manchester United get a boost as Cristiano Ronaldo is sacked early from international duty after a suspension ruled the attacker out of Portugal’s next World Cup qualifier
- Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in Portugal’s win over Ireland
- The forward was booked while celebrating scoring in the World Cup qualifier
- Suspension for next qualifier means he won’t be needed this week
- Early release gives him chance to return to Manchester United sooner
Cristiano Ronaldo could even return to Manchester United sooner than expected after being sacked from international service by Portugal.
Ronaldo’s booking against Ireland on Wednesday night means he will be suspended from Portugal’s next World Cup qualifier on Tuesday in Azerbaijan, so coach Fernando Santos has decided not to play his captain in Saturday’s friendly against Qatar.
United’s £19.6m signing could now speed up his return to Manchester, although he will still need a work permit and visa before entering the UK.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been released from international service early by Portugal
The forward scored two late goals in Portugal’s 2-1 win over the Republic of Ireland
Ronaldo was shown a yellow card for tore his shirt after scoring the second of two late goals as Portugal came from behind to beat Ireland in Faro.
His equalizing goal in the 89th minute was his 110th for Portugal, as he became the highest scoring man in the history of international football. Number 111 followed in the 96th minute to take the win for Santos’ side and break the Irish hearts.
It looked like Portugal would bring the 36-year-old to Qatar when they posted photos of him working out at the gym on their official website on Thursday. However, they later released a statement confirming that he has been released.
But Ronaldo was shown a yellow card during the match and is now suspended for the next qualifying
His early release will be a boost for Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
It read: ‘Cristiano Ronaldo was fired from the national team this Thursday.
“The yellow card against Ireland, second in this qualifying round, requires him to sit out an official penalty match against Azerbaijan.
This morning the captain of the national team was part of the group of players who were carrying out repairs at the hotel.
Fernando Santos also conducted training on a grass pitch next to the hotel unit used by the national team during his stay in the Algarve.