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Cristiano Ronaldo fights back tears as he sings Portuguese anthem in WC game post Manchester United exit

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo fought back tears while singing the national anthem ahead of the FIFA World Cup Group H match against Ghana.

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Ronaldo teary-eyed during Portugal national anthem ahead of Ghana game (AP Photo)

In Short

  • Ronaldo was in tears as he sung Portuguese national anthem in World Cup game
  • Ronaldo was making his first appearance since leaving Manchester United
  • Ronaldo is spearheading Portugal's attack against Ghana in the World Cup match

By India Today Web Desk: Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo was in tears as he sang the Portuguese national anthem ahead of his team's FIFA World Cup 2022 match with Ghana. This was Ronaldo's first match as a free agent since mutually agreeing to terminate his Manchester United contract following an explosive interview with Piers Morgan.

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Cristiano Ronaldo, appearing in his fifth World Cup, is spearheading Portugal's attack against Ghana alongside Joao Felix in their opening Group H match on Thursday. Ronaldo has made 192 appearances for his country and is their leading scorer with 117 goals, and his best finish with his country was a semi-final appearance in the 2006 World Cup.

Ronaldo left Manchester United in a bitter split this week after saying he felt betrayed by the club, but his Portugal coach and teammates have said the turmoil had no effect on the national side's preparations for their campaign in Qatar.

Ronaldo released a statement on Tuesday to confirm the news that he would be leaving United. He said: "Following conversations with Manchester United we have mutually agreed to end our contract early.

"I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never ever change. However, it feels like the right time for me to seek a new challenge.

"I wish the team every success for the remainder of the season and for the future."

Portugal players have also been forced to deny reports of a schism in the dressing room following the release of a video that appeared to show an awkward moment in the dressing room between Ronaldo, Fernandes, and Joao Cancelo.