Cristiano Ronaldo appears to FUME at Portugal boss Fernando Santos following Serbia loss


Cristiano’s cracking up! Fed-up star Ronaldo is caught on camera FUMING at boss Fernando Santos, after Portugal’s failure to qualify automatically for the World Cup added to his Man United problems


Cristiano Ronaldo made his feelings pretty clear to Fernando Santos by appearing to shout at the Portugal boss after their damaging defeat by Serbia in Lisbon.

Portugal will have to qualify for the next year’s World Cup in Qatar via the play-offs after a stoppage-time header from Aleksandar Mitrovic secured a dramatic 2-1 victory for the Serbs at the Estadio da Luz.

It all appeared to be going swimmingly for the hosts when Renato Sanches opened the scoring inside two minutes, but Ajax star Dusan Tadic equalised 31 minutes later before the Fulham striker’s match-winning moment. 

Cristiano Ronaldo (left) appeared to fume at Portugal boss Fernando Santos (right) after their defeat by Serbia

The result saw Serbia leapfrog Portugal back into first place in Group A, and Ronaldo was seen breaking down in tears after the final whistle.

But that was not the end of the theatrics from the Portuguese, who went on to make his frustration at their failure to secure automatic qualification abundantly clear.

As players and staff from both sides shook hands following the final whistle, Ronaldo is first approached by Serbia substitute Nemanja Radonjic, who shared a brief embrace with the Manchester United star.

Ronaldo then spots Santos, 67, approaching and begins shouting and gesticulating furiouslt with his arms, but the Portugal boss then walks off after a brief handshake with the 36-year-old.

Aleksandar Mitrovic's goal means Portugal will now have to qualify for next year's World Cup via the play-offs.

Aleksandar Mitrovic’s goal means Portugal will now have to qualify for next year’s World Cup via the play-offs.

Manchester United star Ronaldo broke down after the final whistle in Lisbon on Sunday

Manchester United star Ronaldo broke down after the final whistle in Lisbon on Sunday

The former Real Madrid and Juventus star then puts his hands on his hips before making his way towards the other players and the tunnel with his dejection still clear for all to see.

His frustration was not helped by his own failure to impact the game against Serbia, hitting two of his three shots in the entire game off target while the other was blocked.

It was a disappointing end to a fruitful World Cup qualifying campaign for Ronaldo in front of goal, netting six across all matches, including a hat-trick in the emphatic win against Luxembourg last month.

But his hopes of qualifying for a fifth straight World Cup and adding to his tally of seven goals in 17 games across the five tournaments will rest on Portugal’s ability to negotiate a play-off in March next year.

Portugal have played in every single edition of the tournament since they last failed to qualify in 1998, and while Ronaldo threw his latest tantrum, team-mate Bernardo Silva was in a more apologetic mood.

But his theatrics did not stop there as he gesticulated furiously in the direction of Santos

But his theatrics did not stop there as he gesticulated furiously in the direction of Santos

‘It was a bad game for Portugal,’ the Manchester City star said after the game. ‘We managed to score the goal early but from then on we stopped playing. I cannot find a great explanation for this, words fail me. 

‘It was terrible, we have to do much better because we have a play-off in March and we will do our best to qualify. But at home, with 65,000 fans, we had to do much better. 

‘I apologise to the Portuguese (fans) who watched a game they shouldn’t have watched. The plan was to try to have the ball, we were completely dominated by Serbia. With the quality of our players this is hardly admissible.

‘I played a little bit limited, I tried to give my best until the moment came when I thought that another player would be in better conditions.’

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