JUST IN: Portugal release Ronaldo to join Man United

Ronaldo has been banned for Portugal's next World Cup qualifier after receiving a yellow card for pulling his shirt against Ireland on Wednesday night.
JUST IN: Portugal release Ronaldo to join Man United
Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: Sportsfile

Portugal have released Cristiano Ronaldo from international duty to enable him team up with Manchester United ahead of his second Old Trafford debut.

Ronaldo has been banned for Portugal's next World Cup qualifier after receiving a yellow card for pulling his shirt against Ireland on Wednesday night.

The 36-year-old became the highest goal scorer in the history of international football by scoring two late goals to help Portugal secure a 2-1 comeback win over the Irish side in their World Cup qualifier.

Referee Matej Jug of Slovenia shows a yellow card to Cristiano Ronaldo
Referee Matej Jug of Slovenia shows a yellow card to Cristiano Ronaldo(Image: PA Images)

Ronaldo's release from the Portuguese squad is a huge boost for United ahead of their Premier League clash with Newcastle on September 11.

Portugal on Thursday announced that Ronaldo who has been automatically ruled out of Tuesday's trip to Azerbaijan is free to return to Carrington.

The Portuguese FA also revealed that he has been excluded from the side who first face Qatar in a friendly on Saturday.

A statement from the Portuguese FA read: “Cristiano Ronaldo was excused from the National Team on Thursday.

“The yellow card against Ireland, being the second in this stage of qualification, forces him to fulfill an official game of suspension, which will happen against Azerbaijan.

“This morning, the captain of the National Team was part of the group of players who carried out recovery work at the hotel.”

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