Cristiano Ronaldo has NOT trained with Portugals other last16 substitutes today

Spanish media claims Cristiano Ronaldo ‘HASN’T trained with Portugal’s other last-16 substitutes today – as dropped captain insisted on a gym session with the starting XI’

By Ben Willcocks For Mailonline

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Cristiano Ronaldo did not train with Portugal’s substitutes on Wednesday and instead insisted on joining the starters for a gym session, according to reports in Spain.

The 37-year-old was axed by Portugal boss Fernando Santos during his side’s impressive 6-1 win against Switzerland in the last-16 of the World Cup.

His replacement, Goncalo Ramos, netted a stunning hat-trick to fire Portugal into the World Cup quarter-finals, validating Santos’ decision to drop the country’s superstar.

Cristiano Ronaldo did not train with Portugal’s substitutes on Wednesday according to reports

The striker snubbed the substitutes’ training session and instead joined the starters in the gym

Santos admitted last week that he was furious at Ronaldo for acting out after getting substituted during Portugal’s group stage victory against South Korea. 

According to Marca, the former Manchester United forward is continuing to cause a stir in Qatar, failing to turn up for training with the Portuguese substitutes.

The Spanish outlet claim that Ronaldo instead went for a low-intensity gym session with the starters, despite playing less than 20 minutes against Switzerland as a substitute.

Portugal’s official Instagram account later uploaded a series of pictures of the squad training at their base in Qatar. Within it the substitutes, such as Rafael Leao, Ruben Neves and Joao Mario, can be seen doing ball work. Ronaldo is later pictured on the grass but in trainers and doing resistance-band work separately. Antonio Silva – who was an unused substitute – was another pictured doing gym work too.

Ronaldo was pictured on Portugal’s Instagram account working out with resistance bands

Meanwhile, Rafael Leao (left) and Ruben Neves were pictured doing ball work in football boots

Joao Mario, who was an unused substitute, undergoes a shooting drill at Portugal training

Unused substitute Antonio Silva uses the lat pulldown machine while working out at training

Ronaldo, 37, was dropped to the bench during Portugal’s 6-1 victory against Switzerland 

Goncalo Ramos replaced Ronaldo and netted a stunning hat-trick on his first World Cup start

It is understood the Portugal camp were ‘surprised’ not to see Ronaldo among the substitutes on the field, admitting that he did not feel any discomfort and was in perfect condition to train.

Santos’ decision to drop the icon ended Ronaldo’s streak of 31 matches started at major tournaments.

The Portuguese forward had not started an international match from the bench in a major competition since Euro 2008, which ironically came against the Swiss.

Fernando Santos said he was furious at Ronaldo for sulking after he was substituted last week

Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez joined in his fury after watching 74 minutes of football without the striker on the pitch against Switzerland.

After the last-16 clash on Tuesday, Rodriguez took to social media to vent her frustration. 

She said: ‘What a shame we didn’t get to enjoy the best player in the world for the 90 minutes. The fans haven’t stopped claiming you and screaming your name.’

Portugal take on Morocco in the quarter-finals on Saturday, after the African nation dramatically knocked out Spain on penalties in the last 16.

Girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez took to social media to vent her fury at Ronaldo being dropped

Following his side’s blistering performance against the Swiss, Santos could well keep his disgruntled superstar out of the starting line-up for the remainder of the tournament. 

Ronaldo dramatically left Manchester United last month in the wake of his explosive bombshell interview with Piers Morgan, which heavily criticised the club’s organisation, facilities and manager Erik ten Hag. 

The forward’s former Red Devils team-mate Gary Neville lay out some harsh truths to Ronaldo ahead of Portugal’s last 16 tie.

Gary Neville criticised Ronaldo on Tuesday, insisting the ‘petulance and sulking has got to stop’

He told ITV before kick-off: ‘Well what happened at United, the suggestion was, it was because [Erik] Ten Hag was trying to make a move on him, he’s trying to establish his authority. 

‘This is a manager [Santos] who’s got an unbelievable relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo for eight years.

‘And there are a lot of fans of Cristiano Ronaldo who aren’t willing to tell him the truth. I think he does need to listen to the truth, that it’s becoming a little bit of a scruffy end.

‘The petulance, the stomping around, the sulking it’s got to stop because it doesn’t reflect well on him at all.’

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