Cristiano Ronaldo pictured fighting back tears during the Portuguese national anthem

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Cristiano Ronaldo pictured fighting back tears during the Portuguese national anthem in the former Manchester United star’s first game since having his contract terminated with the club

Cristiano Ronaldo has been pictured fighting back tears whilst signing along the Portuguese national anthem ahead of their World Cup opener against Ghana.

Despite mounting speculation surrounding his role in the national team, Ronaldo captained his country into the fixture, marking his fifth appearance at a World Cup finals.

As the television cameras panned across Fernando Santos’ team, the 37-year-old could be seen looking forward sternly with a tear in his eye whilst A Portuguesa played inside the Stadium 974.

The game marks the first time that Ronaldo has taken to the pitch following his public falling out with, and subsequent contract termination from, Manchester United.

After remaining at Old Trafford despite his well-publicised desire to depart the club in search of Champions League football this summer, Ronaldo found himself utilised as a squad player in his second season back at United under new boss Erik ten Hag.

An explosive TV interview with Piers Morgan followed, that saw the five-time Ballon d’Or winner claim that he felt ‘betrayed’ by how he had been treated at United since returning last year.

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Cristiano Ronaldo fought back tears during his country's national anthem ahead of their World Cup opener against Ghana

Cristiano Ronaldo fought back tears during his country’s national anthem ahead of their World Cup opener against Ghana

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