What transpired between Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes following the goal against Ghana for Portugal.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored Portugal's first goal against Ghana on Thursday night, but Bruno Fernandes didn't join him in the celebratory huddle. It happened in the opening hour of
their World Cup group stage match against a difficult opponent.Ronaldo had numerous opportunities, but he did not take any until just after the game's 60th minute when he was
placed through on goal and brought down. Despite Fernandes also having a track record from the spot, the 37-year-old stepped up when the referee pointed to the spot to
take the penalty kick.The entire squad went to the goal scorer to partake in the celebration, but Fernandes stood out since he opted to celebrate alone from the group.
Questions about their closeness surfaced when Ronaldo's contract at Manchester United was mutually terminated. The Portugal international called out the players, his manager,
and the club in an outburst during an exclusive interview with Piers Morgan, making his status on the United team unsustainable. Following the choice, he met with his national
team teammates. Many drew attention to a video of him meeting Fernandes and claimed it was "awkward."As Joao Mario informed reporters, they continued to emphasize that wasn't
the case: "Bruno (Fernandes), who was among the last to arrive, was late, and Cristiano (Ronaldo) asked him if he had arrived by boat. It was a joke between them. I am aware that
there are other ways in which the photographs might be read, but it was only a joke between them. I spent the entire day yesterday with them and they have a wonderful bond since
they play together. They get along well and have no issues."When asked whether he agreed with his teammate on the national team or his club squad, Fernandes said:
"I'm not uneasy at all. I'm not required to choose a side. Playing with Cristiano [at Manchester United] was a dream come true, but nothing lasts forever."