Queiroz: "If Cristiano had played like that against Spain..."
“…we would've won." The former Portugal coach hit back at the Madrid player, who blamed him for Portugal’s defeat to Spain in the last sixteen of the World Cup in South Africa.
Carlos Queiroz, the former Portugal coach, has had a strained relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo ever since the Madrid player blamed him for Portugal’s World Cup exit at the hands of Spain. But now Queiroz, currently in charge of the Iran national side, has hit back. Asked about the player's chances of Ballon d’Or glory after his performance in Sweden, Queiroz said: “Congratulations Cristiano. If he’d played like that, assuming his responsibility, we would have beaten Spain.”
In the World Cup clash against Spain, Cristiano Ronaldo was caught on camera telling him: “Carlos, we won’t win like this,” after he made a substitution. At the end of the game, when asked why Portugal had lost in the mixed zone, Cristiano replied: “Ask Queiroz.”