Cristiano Ronaldo is facing criticism once again. This time, CR7 is believed to have let his emotions get the better of him against Serbia.
According to Fernando Meira, Cristiano Ronaldo’s reaction to seeing a goal for Portugal disallowed was way over the top. The ex-Portugal international believes CR7 should be setting a better example as captain.
Ronaldo thought he had given Portugal all three points during their World Cup qualifier Serbia on Saturday. The Juventus ace knocked a beautifully flighted cross-field pass from Nuno Mendes into the net.
The 36-year-old’s effort clearly crossed the line despite Aleksandar Mitrovic getting back to clear the ball. However, the referee waved play on after consulting with his linesman, sending the five-time Ballon d’Or winner into a furious fit of rage.
Ronaldo threw his captain’s armband down and stormed off the pitch after seeing the goal chalked off, with the match ultimately ending 2-2.
Meira thinks his old team-mate 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 not acceptable 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.”