He is the captain, he is an essential element in the squad, he feels â€œno painâ€, but scans made by Real Madridâ€™s doctors explain that he is seriously injured â€“ although not to the point of undergoing surgery.
Well, in spite of all that, it has been reported that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to play for his country Portugal in the two-legged World Cup play-off tie against Bosnia Herzegovina in some days to come.
The dates for these crucial games are on November 14th and November 18th and Portugalâ€™s boss Carlos Queiros is expected to reveal his national team squad this coming Sunday.
The former Manchester United assistant manager is ready to include the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo who is believed to have an ankle injury.
However, Portugalâ€™s Football Federation President Gilberto Madail defended Queirosâ€™ decision to have Ronaldo in the roaster by explaining this:
â€œCristiano wants to come. He will come over to the squad and he will be reviewed by the medical team.â€
Portugal are not convinced that Cristiano Ronaldo is still unfit but Real Madridâ€™s general director insists that the Spanish giantâ€™s assessment to leave the player on the sidelines is purely because he is injured.
The general director of Real Madrid stated:
â€œIf we had not used him in these last few matches, it was for a reason. It is because of doctors and through common sense that he is kept from playing with Portugal.
â€œWe hope to have no problem as the medical explanation is clear.â€
But are Real Madrid really revealing the whole truth? Are they not trying to prevent Cristiano Ronaldo from any damage and therefore, lying to the media that the â‚¬ 94 million signing is not fit to play just because they donâ€™t want him to risk his health for Portugal against Bosnia?
On the contrary, if Cristiano Ronaldo is really still injured, are Portugal being too selfish and afraid at the same time to miss Ronaldoâ€™s services and miss the World Cup in South Africa as well?
All these questions will certainly resound in the minds of all the fans of Cristiano Ronaldo around the world. The reality here remains that Ronaldo might only return to the field of play in 2-4 weeksâ€™ time.