The 37-year-old has started all three of the Selecao’s games in this competition, but he has only registered one goal—a penalty in their 3-2 victory over Ghana in the first round of group-stage matches.
As THEWILL reported, Adidas ball technology determined that he did not make contact with the ball in one of Portugal’s goal against Uruguay, and he was also responsible for South Korea’s equaliser in last week’s 2-1 defeat.
In the defeat, Ronaldo was substituted, and manager, Fernando Santos, claimed he was not pleased with the forward’s petulant reaction. Goncalo Ramos of Benfica will take his place in the starting lineup.
It will be a tough one for the forward, who is one goal from tying Eusebio’s record of nine goals in World Cup finals for Portugal.