Portugal legend Figo claims it’s impossible for Portugal to win the World Cup without this player

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Portugal legend Luis Figo has reacted to Portugal’s quarter-final defeat to Morocco on Saturday.

A goal from Youssef En Nesyri was enough for Hakim Ziyech and his Moroccan teammates to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup and put an end to the Portuguese dream.

According to former Barcelona and Real Madrid winger Luis Figo, Portugal head coach Fernando Santos was wrong to bench Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo against Morocco.

“It is impossible to win a World Cup with ‘CR7’ on the bench,” Figo told Ole.

Santos benched Ronaldo for Portugal’s 6-1 demolition of Switzerland in the quarter-finals but Figo insists the Portugal head coach was wrong to bench Ronaldo in the quarter-finals against Morocco.

Figo added: “Beat Switzerland? Excellent! But can you do that in every match? No.”

According to Figo, Santos is to blame for Portugal’s elimination: “Leaving Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench was a mistake, this defeat is the coach’s responsibility,” he concluded.