Cristiano Ronaldo bench photo from Portugal vs Switzerland says it all

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If you wanted one photo to sum up Cristiano Ronaldo’s place in the world of football, this is it.

Ronaldo was left out of Portugal’s starting line-up for their World Cup last 16 clash against Switzerland on Wednesday, with Goncalo Ramos selected up front at his expense.

Ronaldo, 37, is the only man to score at five World Cups, but he angered Portugal coach Fernando Santos with his reaction to being substituted in the last group game.

So the biggest name in world football was forced to don a yellow vest and walk to the dug-out before the game.

As the anthems played, it presented the photographers gathered to shoot the match with a conundrum — focus on the players on the field or the name on everyone’s lips?

This photograph told the story.

Photographers take pictures of Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup round of 16 football match between Portugal and Switzerland. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)Source: AFP

It took 17 minutes for Santos’ brave decision to be vindicated as Ramos opened the scoring with a powerful left-footed finish.

Ramos, the 21-year-old rising star, announced himself to the world with a thunderbolt strike where he blasted past the goalkeeper at the near post from an impossible wide angle.

Goncalo Ramos (bottom, second from left) turns to celebrate after scoring a scorching goal. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Ronaldo (left) joins in on the celebrations of Ramos’ goal. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP)Source: AFP

Portugal’s second goal was quite different but just as impressive as Pepe rose to meet a Bruno Fernandes corner and thumped his header into the net.

It too brought a thrilled reaction from Ronaldo on the bench.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after his team scored their second goal. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)Source: AFP

It was 2-0 at halftime but the goals kept coming in the second half as Portugal booked in a quarterfinal against Morocco. You can follow live coverage of the match here.

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