Cristiano Ronaldo RETURNS to training ahead of the World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Portugal training after missing their World Cup warm-up match with a ‘stomach bug’ as Man United begin legal moves to sack the striker without paying any of the £16m left in his deal

  • Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to training with Portugal ahead of the World Cup
  • Fernando Santos revealed he was absent this week because of a stomach bug 
  • The Portuguese star carried out a bombshell interview slamming Man United
  • He’s now back ahead of Portugal’s World Cup opener against Ghana on Thursday

Cristiano Ronaldo made his return to training on Saturday having missed Portugal’s sessions earlier this week with a ‘stomach bug’.

The forward has been at the centre of controversy this week after criticising Manchester United in a bombshell interview with Piers Morgan.

Before heading on international duty with Portugal, Ronaldo was ruled out of Manchester United’s last two matches against Aston Villa and Fulham with an unspecified illness.

Cristiano Ronaldo returned to training on Saturday ahead of Portugal’s World Cup campaign

The 37-year-old was ruled out last week with a stomach bug, according to Fernando Santos

According to manager Fernando Santos,  the 37-year-old was unable to participate in Wednesday’s training session or play a part in Portugal’s warm-up clash against Nigeria on Thursday because he was suffering from gastroenteritis.

But pictures from Saturday’s training session seemed to show that Ronaldo is back to business within the camp, as Portugal prepare for their World Cup opener against Ghana on Thursday.

Ronaldo has experienced a turbulent season at Old Trafford under Erik ten Hag so far, scoring just three goals in 16 appearances across all competitions.

He is keen to use the World Cup as a shop window as he pushes for a Manchester United exit

Ronaldo carried out an explosive interview slamming Manchester United earlier this week

Manchester United have started the legal process in a bid to sack Ronaldo following his explosive, tell-all interview last week, which slammed the manager, the club’s facilities and former Red Devils players including Wayne Rooney and Gary Neville.

His hopes of an Old Trafford exit in January could well hinge on whether or not he enjoys a fruitful World Cup with Portugal.

Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Napoli and Sporting Lisbon have each been linked with the Portuguese superstar. 

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