Speaking on social media, Georgina Rodríguez defended partner Cristiano Ronaldo after Portugal’s exit from the World Cup.
Ronaldo left the pitch in tears at full-time following the 1-0 quarter-final loss to Morocco having been only used as a second-half substitute with his team trailing. Ronaldo, despite a close relationship with Portugal coach Fernando Santos historically, was dropped for the 6-1 thrashing of Switzerland in the round of 16 with the coach unhappy at the 37-year-old free agent’s frustrated behaviour as he was substituted in Portugal’s final group game with South Korea.
Addressing Ronaldo, Rodríguez wrote: “Today your friend and coach decided badly. That friend, for whom you have so many words of admiration and respect, saw, when you came into the game, how everything changed. But it was too late. You can’t underestimate the best player in the world and your most powerful weapon. Nor can you stand up for someone who does not deserve it. Life teaches us lessons. Today we have not lost, we have learned.”