Cristiano Ronaldo's sister blasts Portugal boss' decision to start forward on the bench
'It's a shame to humiliate a man who has given so much.'
Cristiano Ronaldo's sister has accused Portugal boss Fernando Santos of trying to "humiliate" the 37-year-old.
Ronaldo started on the bench in the 6-1 win against Switzerland on Tuesday night as his replacement Gonçalo Ramos seized his opportunity by scoring a hat trick.
But Elma Aveiro wasn't happy with the decision and took to social media to launch a scathing attack against Santos.
A post on Instagram said: "Today we are all together, if you think it has to be like this I am here to see it,"she started, when posting a picture before kick off.
Aveiro did congratulate Portugal on the win at the full-time whistle but then continued her assessment of Santos in an aggressive fashion.
"Yes Ronaldo is not eternal, yes Ronaldo won’t play forever, unfortunately he doesn’t score goals now, he’s old, Portugal doesn’t need Ronaldo," she added.
"We talked about what we heard, all that he did isn’t important, all that he did was forgotten. Now they ask for forgiveness and they don’t need him. I will register that and later we’ll talk.
"Rui Santos, what will he apologise for? Now we we can f*** who we want. It is a shame to humiliate a man who has given so much, but later I will see a lot more."
The 37-year-old's absence from the starting XI was the main talking point in the build up to the game, with many believing he and Santos had fallen out, but Portugal's manager explained his decision was a tactical one.
"This is something that is finished and solved. It is also important to look at the example of this player’s history, he is one of the best players in the world."
Portugal will face Morocco in the quarter-finals.
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