Ronaldo Released By Portugal After World Cup Qualifier’s Suspension

Cristiano Ronaldo has been released early from the Portugal squad after picking up a suspension ahead of his Manchester United return.

The 36-year-old scored a world record 110th international goal as he fired Portugal to a dramatic victory over the Republic of Ireland in World Cup Qualifier.

Ronaldo’s record goal cancelled out John Egan’s opener with just a minute remaining at the Estadio Algarve, and he then completed the job with his 111th in stoppage time to seal a 2-1 win.

But after removing his shirt in celebration he was cautioned by Slovenian referee Matej Jug and, having been booked earlier in the campaign, is suspended for the trip to Azerbaijan.

A statement on the Portuguese Football Federation’s official website says Cristiano Ronaldo was excused from the stage of the national team.

Ronaldo has expressed his delight to be back “home” at United and is hungry to create more history with the club.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s return to Old Trafford was made official as he signed a two-year deal with the option to extend for a further year.

Former England manager Steve McClaren says Cristiano Ronaldo is the sort of signing that can help Manchester United win the Premier League title.

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