Cristiano Ronaldo hoped to put his Manchester United troubles behind him at the 2022 World Cup. It’s not working out too well yet, despite his team’s progression to the last 16.

With his Old Trafford exit confirmed, the legendary forward hoped the clean break would allow him to re-focus.

Now three games into the tournament, there are more questions about Ronaldo than answers.

Ronaldo scored a contentious penalty in the opening game, before trying and failing to get a Bruno Fernandes goal registered as his own, in the next game.

The final game was a disaster as his error allowed South Korea to beat an under-strength Portugal.

Korea Republic v Portugal: Group H - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
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Portugal fans want Cristiano Ronaldo dropped

Now there is fresh scrutiny on Cristiano Ronaldo’s place amid his poor performances.

A poll ran by Portuguese newspaper A Bola asked if Ronaldo should start the nation’s knockout fixture against Switzerland.

70 per cent of fans responded to say they want Ronaldo to be dropped, with just 30 per cent believing he should retain his place.

It is highly likely manager Fernando Santos sticks by Ronaldo. But on form, just like at Manchester United, Ronaldo’s performances don’t warrant a starting spot.

Bruno Fernandes praised by teammate

Ronaldo may step up in the knockout stages, but so far it has been Bruno Fernandes who has overshadowed him as Portugal’s star man.

With two goals and two assists, he ended up as SofaScore’s highest rated player of the group stages with a 8.6/10 overall rating.

He was praised by teammate William Carvalho at a press conference, who told A Bola: “He’s a great player and he’s already shown it. I played with him at Sporting. He’s having a great time at Manchester United.”

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