The European nation are through to the last eight of the World Cup, where they will take on North African side Morocco.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Meulensteen said: “Obviously I'm glad I'm not the manager of Portugal at the moment but I think it's a bit sad to see that situations like that can unravel the way that it did in the biggest showcase of football on earth.
“I think that the manager of Portugal handled it really well. Let's be clear, it was a clear message to show everybody who is boss and to show that there is nobody bigger than what they are trying to achieve, which is to win the World Cup.
“For me, I really and truly hope that he's going to have some good conversations with Ronaldo to say 'look, this is what the situation is and you can do one of two things – you can buy into it, or you can't'.
“I still think that there's a role for him to play but it's got to be on Portugal's terms, and that's what I think will happen."
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