Goncalo Ramos, a young forward from Portugal, made the quip, “I Wouldn’t Take Chewing Gum From Cristiano Ronaldo,” on Saturday. While many Portugal players consider it a “dream” to play alongside Ronaldo, Ramos made the remark in a joke.
Many Portugal players say that playing with Cristiano Ronaldo is a “dream,” but young forward Goncalo Ramos joked on Saturday that he wouldn’t take a piece of gum from his countryman.
During Portugal’s 3-2 victory over Ghana, Cristiano Ronaldo was spotted chewing on a penalty that he had taken out of his shorts. After a contentious split from Manchester United this week, the 37-year-old striker is now without a club. He became the first player to score at five World Cups.
At a press conference, Ramos laughed when asked if he would take a pack of gum from Ronaldo if offered.
“Only from my brother, not from him or anyone else.”
Ramos stated that Ronaldo, the greatest men’s international goal scorer, was someone that Portugal’s players looked up to.
Ramos added, “He’s a point of reference for everyone.”
“He is a hero and the team leader, but he is not the only one. Pepe and Bruno Fernandes, among others, can also guide and assist Cristiano.
Ramos, a forward for Benfica, made an appearance against Ghana as a substitute and is excited to play against his former teammate Darwin Nunez on Monday when Portugal plays Uruguay.
In the summer, Nunez paid £85 million ($103 million) to move to Liverpool.
Ramos added, “He’s a great player, and as well as being my former team-mate, he’s my friend.” However, the team is well prepared to face him.
On Saturday, 24 of Portugal’s 26 players participated in the training, while Otavio and Nuno Mendes went to the gym to recover after missing the first game due to muscle fatigue.