Portuguese football rescues spirit of "sad" Real Madrid star Ronaldo

Portuguese football has rallied around Cristiano Ronaldo over his problems at Real Madrid.

Portuguese football has rallied around Cristiano Ronaldo over his problems at Real Madrid.

Ronaldo has been transformed since leaving Madrid last week to work with the Portuguese squad. Players, coaches, training staff and fans have all contributed in recent days to lifting the spirits of the former Manchester United star.

Among the support are Real teammates Pepe and Fabio Coentrao, who have both become even closer to Ronaldo this past week.

Portugal coach Paulo Bento made clear to his staff 'not to mention Madrid' and has been careful to keep the controversy in Spain away from their training base.

Yesterday, Ronaldo spent an unprecedented amount of time after training signing autographs for fans, who were unanimous in their support of the unsettled Real star.

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