Soccer News: Ronaldo’s future is his decision,” says Portuguese teammate Silva.

    Cristiano Ronaldo still has what it takes to play at the highest level of club football, says Bernardo Silva, who has insisted it’s none of his business what his Portugal teammate decides about his future.

    Ronaldo scored Portugal’s first goal in a 3-2 win against Ghana on Thursday. The goal revived the match at the 974 Stadium and also made the 37-year-old the first player to score a goal in five different World Cups.

    After leaving Manchester United by mutual agreement earlier this week, Ronaldo found himself in the spotlight of a Group H match and stepped forward to score a penalty, which he won midway through the second half.

    André Ayew quickly equalized for Ghana, but quick goals from Joao Felix and Rafael Leao decided the fight despite a header from Osman Boukari to secure the finish from the stands.

    Asked if Ronaldo would move to another top club, Manchester City playmaker Silva told reporters: “It’s his decision, it’s the club’s decision to offer him a contract because now he’s a free agent. It’s his business, not mine.”

    On whether Ronaldo can still cut his teeth at the highest level, Silva said: “Yes, I think so, I think so.

    “It depends on what he wants. I don’t know what he wants from his life. He needs to talk to his family and decide what he wants out of his life.

    “I support his decision in terms of the fact that it is his decision. He is my partner in the Portugal national team. If he feels happy, we are happy.

    “He worked very well. We knew it before – we know we can still count on him, not only with the goal, but also with the fact that he worked very hard for the team.”

    On Wednesday, Ronaldo’s former United teammate Bruno Fernandes said it was a “dream come true” to play with the striker at club level and also for Portugal.

    Fernandes joked after the Ghana game that Ronaldo was doing well, proving his doubters wrong.

    “I think Cristiano enjoys working under criticism from everyone, so I pray that all of you keep doing it so that he gets the best out of him when you guys do it,” Fernandes told reporters.

    “I have already said that he is one of the players that I looked up to when I was a child. The dream came true in the national team, I did it in the club – it’s something amazing.

    “I still share a place with him in the national team, and the main thing for me is that Portugal does everything in our power at this World Cup.

    “If we do this, Cristiano will be happy, I will be happy, everyone will be happy.”

    Related articles


    Leave a Reply

    Share article

    Latest articles