Because Portugal’s match winner against the South Americans was his former Manchester United team-mate Bruno Fernandes, who scored both Portugal goals (54′, 90+3′). At first everyone thought that Ronaldo headed in the 1-0, catching up with the Portuguese icon Eusebio with his ninth World Cup goal. That’s why the 37-year-old celebrated extensively after the opening goal. Wrongly, however, as the TV recordings showed. Because the five-time world footballer sailed just past the ball and no longer touched the leather. So Fernandes’ cross landed directly in the net.
The Ronaldo Reaction
At first Ronaldo thought he was the goalscorer, but Fernandes was already announced as the leading scorer at the stadium, which didn’t sit well with Ronaldo. A video circulating on social media now shows the 37-year-old’s reaction when he saw on the stadium’s large video wall that his team-mate had been listed as the goalscorer.
The soccer star threw his hands in the air and looked in disbelief before dropping his arms again and putting on a forced smile.
Ronaldo gestures after the final whistle
Ronaldo didn’t want to accept that even after the game. The Portuguese, who was substituted in the 82nd minute, tried after the game to convince his teammates that he was the real scorer, repeatedly pointing to his head and stroking his hair. Ronaldo was unsuccessful, however, because FIFA decided to credit Fernandes for the goal, since there is no slow motion to show that Ronaldo actually touched the ball.
The Portuguese should be particularly hurt that Ronaldo had already been substituted on the penalty kick to make it 2-0 (90+3.), Fernandes tied the brace.
The Portuguese had to take a lot of criticism for his ego show after the game. Compatriot Fernandes finally said when asked about the 37-year-old: “It doesn’t matter who scores the goals. We win as a team.” His reaction now proves that Ronaldo cares…