Cristiano Ronaldo has left the Portugal camp early in order to complete the five-day isolation period before joining Manchester United. Thus, Ronaldo has left Portugal’s World Cup campaign to join United on time after he finishes the mandatory five-day quarantine.
Ronaldo completed his £20-million return to Manchester United on deadline day, securing one of the biggest football transfers this summer.
However, he has yet to meet his new teammates at Old Trafford because he has been away with Portugal.
While thus with Portugal on international duty, he became the leading scorer in men’s international football history.
Ronaldo scored his 111th goal in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Ireland in the World Cup Group A qualifiers (football news).
Not only this, he actually scored a brace which brought Portugal from being 0-1 down to winning the game.
But now, he will not contribute any more to Portugal’s chances in the World Cup in this international summer.
Ronaldo Has Left Portugal’s World Cup Campaign to Join United
In celebrating his first goal, the one which created a new record, Ronaldo took off his shirt. Referees, in turn, showed him a yellow card for this gesture.
This yellow, when combined with the yellow card he received earlier in Portugal’s qualification campaign, earned him a one-game suspension for the country’s next competitive game against Azerbaijan on September 7.
Ronaldo would have still been eligible for Saturday’s friendly against Qatar. But the Portuguese Football Federation has now announced on their official website that they have released him.
Ronaldo has left the Portugal team’s training camp to return to Manchester to begin the process of his United return.
This comes after RTP revealed that Ronaldo would need to undergo a five-day quarantine period before he can join United.