Cristiano Ronaldo reaffirms his commitment to Portugal on social media

(CNN) — Cristiano Ronaldo reaffirmed his commitment to Portugal on Thursday, just a few hours after the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) denied reports in the media that the captain had threatened to leave the team during the World Cup.

The 37-year-old wrote on Instagram: “A group too close-knit to be broken by outside forces. A nation too brave to fear any adversary. A team in the truest sense of the word, who will fight for the dream until the end! ! Create with us!”.

The information about Ronaldo’s possible abandonment of the national team came after the 37-year-old star was not included in the starting eleven against Switzerland in the round of 16 of the World Cup in Qatar.

Ronaldo’s replacement, Benfica striker Gonçalo Ramos, stepped up by scoring a sublime hat-trick in Portugal’s 6-1 win over Switzerland.

Portuguese publication Record reported on Thursday that the striker had previously threatened to leave the team after a conversation with coach Fernando Santos. That is why the FPF came out to deny the news.

“The FPF clarifies that at no time did the captain of the team, Cristiano Ronaldo, threaten to leave the team during his stay in Qatar,” a statement read.

“Cristiano Ronaldo builds every day a unique trajectory of service to the national team and the country, which must be respected and which speaks of the unquestionable degree of commitment to the national team,” he added.

Portugal will face Morocco this Saturday in the quarterfinals and will seek a place in the semifinal for the first time since 2006.