Why does Cristiano Ronaldo stand aside during Portugal’s national anthem? Man United legend makes patriotic gesture

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Cristiano Ronaldo will be aiming to win the World Cup for the first time as he leads Portugal to Qatar this winter.

This tournament will likely be the soccer icon’s last World Cup and his last chance to lift the trophy that has eluded him throughout his career.

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Ronaldo is now famous for standing to the side during Portugal’s national anthem

The captain will lead by example by taking his team onto the pitch for every match in the Middle East.

But fans will notice that Ronaldo has a different stance to the rest of his team when he sings the Portuguese anthem. Here’s why…

Why does Ronaldo stand aside during Portugal’s national anthem?

In the usual tradition before the kick-off of each international match, the two teams stand together while the national anthems are played.

Although when Portugal play, many have noticed Ronaldo standing to the side in the line-up.

Fans will get used to seeing Ronaldo's anthem gesture during the World Cup

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Fans will get used to seeing Ronaldo’s anthem gesture during the World Cup

Ronaldo singing the Portuguese national anthem

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Ronaldo singing the Portuguese national anthem

As the team hugs each other, the captain turns sideways and stands at an angle to sing.

He does this so he can face the Portuguese flag in the stadium as a sign of patriotism during the national anthem.

Ronaldo has made it a tradition over the years by showing respect to his country before games.

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