Cristiano Ronaldo may well be far and away his country's stand out player, but that has not stopped former Benfica and Sporting Lisbon manager Manuel Jose from criticising the Real Madrid frontman for treating his teammates like 'subordinates'.
The 29-year-old was in blistering form for his club throughout the 2013/14 season - earning him the prestigious Ballon d'Or - and he almost single-handedly booked Portugal's place in Brazil with a stunning hat-trick against Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Sweden in the unpredictable playoffs.
However, his country's stay in South America was short lived following a humiliating 4-0 defeat at the hands of Germany in their opening game, which would eventually prove the difference after a draw with the USA and win versus Ghana saw them eliminated on goal difference.
Ronaldo had earlier made comments suggesting he never believed he and his teammates could win the competition, which has been met with disdain from Jose.
"Portugal have been carrying the world's best like a diamond ring that they never had. The other players were treated like subordinates," he said. "Completely.
"He is fantastic player, but every time he speaks he comes out with a blunder. He ended up saying he never believed in the team.
"If he does not believe in the team, he does not believe in his team mates."
Throughout his stay in Brazil, Ronaldo's fitness was a constant cause for concern. He was suffering with tendinosis in his right knee and thus, failed to produce his club form on the world stage.
With the USA progressing to the knockout phase at the expense of Ronaldo and co, Jose labelled their World Cup campaign a failure and questioned the fitness levels of some of the chosen 23-man squad.
They were almost eliminated after their first two games but remained alive in the tournament thanks to Silvestre Varela's 95th-minute equaliser against the U.S. on match day two.
However, despite Ronaldo's late winner against Ghana in their final game - meaning he has now scored in every major tournament since Euro 2004 - it was not enough to progress, with Jurgen Klinsmann's Americans going through on goal difference following their 1-0 loss to Germany.
The record-breaking forward must now sit and watch on, more than likely hoping his long-standing rival Lionel Messi does not fire Argentina to World Cup glory.
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