Cristiano Ronaldo appears to be angry with the Portuguese coach following Serbia defeat

Chidalu Obiajulu

Cristiano Ronaldo is already having a tough time with his club, Manchester United, losing against big team and not been consistent in months now, losing against Liverpool and Manchester city 0:5, 0:2 respectively.

Ronaldo made his feelings pretty clear to Fernando Santos by appearing to shout at the Portugal boss after their damaging defeat by Serbia in Lisbon.

Portugal will have to qualify for the next year’s World Cup in Qatar via the play-offs after a stoppage-time header from Aleksandar Mitrovic saved a dramatic 2-1 victory for the Serbs at the Estadio da Luz.

It all seemed to be going well for the hosts when Renato Sanches opened the scoring inside two minutes, but Ajax star Dusan Tadic equalised 31 minutes later before the Fulham striker’s match-winning moment.

The result saw Serbia leapfrog Portugal back into first place in Group A, and Ronaldo was seen breaking down in tears after the final whistle.

But that was not the end of the theatrics from the Portuguese, who went on to make his frustration at their failure to save automatic qualification abundantly clear.

As players and staff from the two teams shook hands following the final whistle, Ronaldo is first approached by Serbia substitute Nemanja Radonjic, who shared a brief embrace with the Manchester United star.

Ronaldo spotted Santos, 67, approaching and began shouting and gesticulating furiously with his arms, but the Portugal boss walked off after a short handshake with the 36-year-old.

The former Real Madrid and Juventus star then put his hands on his hips before moving towards the other players and the tunnel with his dejection still clear for all to see.

History frustration was not helped by his own failure to impact the game against Serbia, hitting two of his three shots in the entire game off target while the other was blocked.

It was a very bad end to a fruitful World Cup qualifying campaign for Ronaldo in front of goal, netting six through all matches, including a hat-trick in the emphatic win against Luxembourg last month.

But his hopes of qualifying for a fifth straight World Cup and adding to his tally of seven goals in 17 games through the five tournaments will rest on Portugal’s ability to negotiate a play-off in March next year.

Portugal have played in every single edition of the tournament since they last failed to qualify in 1998, and while Ronaldo threw his latest tantrum, team-mate Bernardo Silva was in a much apologetic mood.

“It was a worse game for Portugal,” the Manchester City champion said after the game. “We tried to score the goal early but from then on we stopped playing. I cannot find a great reason for this, words fail me.

“It was awful’ , we have to do much better because we have a play-off in March and we will do our best to qualify. But at home, with 65,000 fans, we had to do much better.

“I salute to the Portuguese (fans) who watched a game they shouldn’t have watched. The plan was to try to have the ball, we were completely dominated by Serbia. With the quality of our players this is hardly admissible.

“I played a little bit specific, I tried to give my best until the moment came when I thought that another player would be in better conditions.”