Cristiano Ronaldo was forced to watch Portugal’s UEFA Nations League match against Spain from the bench Friday night.
When he finally came on, he had to try to sneak past Pau Torres, Spain’s tall center-back.
Ronaldo was out of luck Wednesday night, after scoring twice for Manchester United against Torres’ Villarreal previous season.
To earn a 1-1 draw, Portugal needed a goal from Braga winger Ricardo Horta to cancel out Alvaro Morata’s early score.
Ronaldo is seen here paying tribute to Pau Torres.
Ronaldo came in for the final 28 minutes of the match, and was seen showing respect for Torres after the final whistle.
After Villarreal barely qualified for the Europa Conference League next season, the Spain centre-back has been linked with a move to Manchester United, according to Spanish daily AS.
Torres might cost United as much as his £51 million release clause, or a bit less – although Jurrien Timber looks to be the club’s primary centre-back target at the moment, according to The Guardian. Timber can also play right back, so both he and Torres might be signed.
With the losses of Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard, and Juan Mata, United’s midfield should be their main concern.
In last night’s match, Torres completed 92 percent of his passes, making three clearances and one interception while winning two aerial duels.
Ronaldo had only 11 touches on the ball and failed to register a single shot on goal during his second-half cameo.
If Torres plays alongside Ronaldo at Manchester United next season, the Spaniard is certain to gain Ronaldo’s favor.
Morata gave Spain the lead from close range in the Nations League A Group 2 opener after 25 minutes of play. Portugal substitute Horta levelled the scoring eight minutes from time, after coming on from the bench, as he sent the ball past Unai Simon.
After the game, Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo was pictured swapping shirts with Pau Torres. This jumps to our attention because the Spanish defender has been linked with a move away from Villarreal this summer, and it has been suggested that the Red Devils could make an offer as Erik ten Hag looks to bolster his defence in the transfer market.
It begs the question… will they be team-mates next season?
Cristiano Ronaldo swaps shirts with Pau Torres at full-time pic.twitter.com/vPySvtAIBr
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