Cristiano Ronaldo won't be starting for Portugal on Tuesday versus Switzerland
Portugal has benched Cristiano Ronaldo for their 2022 World Cup Round of 16 game against Switzerland on Tuesday.
The decision came a day after manager Fernando Santos told a news conference that he "really didn't like" Ronaldo's reaction in the 65th minute of a 2-1 group-stage loss to South Korea.
Santos also faced pressure from the Portuguese public to release Cristiano Ronaldo for sporting reasons.
The 37-year-old striker scored only once in the group stage through a controversial penalty. His performances at Manchester United declined rapidly, so much so that United sacked him.
Ronaldo has captained Portugal for over a decade, and has only come off the bench three times for his national team since 2004, when he was a teenager
In his absence, Portugal's front four will be Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, Joao Felix and Goncalo Ramos.
The game starts at 10 pm. Local time at Lusail Stadium, Qatar.