Cristiano Ronaldo has posted on Instagram for the first time since Manchester United’s derby defeat.
Ronaldo usually uploads messages after matches, even after poor results and performances.
The 2-0 loss to Manchester City was the first time this season that he has not done so.
Ronaldo said he is happy to be on international service with Portugal.
Translated, his message read: “Good morning, it’s always extra happiness when I’m back in my country.”
Like all United players, Ronaldo is under pressure and scrutiny right now.
It’s something he’s used to and he’s happy to use the international window for a break from it.
Portugal have matches on the way against the Republic of Ireland and Serbia in the coming days.
Few would bet Ronaldo scored against one or both of these teams as Portugal round out their World Cup qualifying campaign.
That match at home against Serbia looks set to be decisive, with the winner likely to claim the top spot in Group A.
Ronaldo has a habit of moving up on the big occasion and he will enjoy the challenge of getting his side to yet another big tournament.
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