Cristiano Ronaldo is facing criticism yet again for the reactions to his disallowed goal on Saturday night. The superstar is believed to have let his emotions get the better of him against Serbia and a former teammate has said “it is unacceptable”.
According to Fernando Meira, Cristiano Ronaldo’s reaction to seeing a goal for Portugal disallowed was way over the top. The former Portugal star believes Cristiano should be setting a better example as captain.
It happened that Ronaldo thought he had given Portugal the victory during their World Cup qualifier against Serbia on Saturday. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner knocked a beautifully flighted cross-field pass from Nuno Mendes into the net.
His effort clearly crossed the line before Aleksandar Mitrovic got back to clear the ball. However, the match referee waved play to continue after consulting with his linesman, sending the 36-year-old into a furious fit of rage.
Cristiano tossed his captain’s armband away and stormed off the pitch after seeing the goal chalked off, with the match ultimately ending 2-2.
Now, Fernando Meira thinks his old teammate was right to question the incorrect decision but felt he went too far with his protests given his responsibilities as the leader of the national team.
“Cristiano’s reaction is natural, but it is not acceptable for a national team captain,” the former Portugal international told Record.
“He cannot throw the armband on the ground and go to the locker room while the game continues. it is unacceptable for a player of his importance.”
“I understand his frustration and I agree with him because his goal was valid, but the referees have to make decisions, without VAR, and he has to set an example.”
“The example he set last night wasn’t good enough.”