Claims emerged that the star forward was unhappy at being dropped from the first XI Ronaldo only emerged as a late substitute in Portugal’s last match. © David S. Bustamante / Soccrates / Getty Images

Portuguese football officials have denied that Cristiano Ronaldo threatened to walk out on his country’s World Cup squad in retaliation for being dropped by national team boss Fernando Santos.

The former Manchester United man was named on the substitutes’ bench for Portugal’s 6-1 annihilation of Switzerland in the last 16 in Qatar this week, with speculation suggesting this was due to Santos being unhappy with Ronaldo’s attitude after he was substituted during his team’s defeat to South Korea. (RT)