Cristiano Ronaldo’s doctor has told the World Player of the Year that his career is in danger if he continues to play on an injured knee at the World Cup.
Scans have shown that there is a lot of pressure on the patellar tendon in Ronaldo’s left knee, with Portuguese surgeon Jose Carlos Noronha telling the 29-year-old that he could risk tearing the tendon beyond repair unless he takes at least two months’ rest.
According to El Confidential, Noronha told the Real Madrid forward, “let your knee rest, or your future is in danger” to which Ronaldo replied, “I’m the one that says whether I’m playing or not.”
Ronaldo left training early on Tuesday with his knee wrapped in ice, the second time during the tournament he had been forced to limp out early.
The player underperformed during Monday’s 4-0 hammering at the hands of Germany, never looking entirely fit, although he did test goalkeeper Manuel Neuer with a late, driven free-kick.