Cristiano Ronaldo Reduced to Tears After Penalty Miss in Portugal’s Euro 2024 Clash with Slovenia

Cristiano Ronaldo Reduced to Tears After Penalty Miss in Portugal's Euro 2024 Clash with Slovenia
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Cris­tiano Ronal­do, the leg­endary Por­tuguese foot­baller, was left in tears after his penal­ty kick was saved by Slove­nia goal­keep­er Jan Oblak in the extra-time of their Euro 2024 last-16 clash.

The miss proved cru­cial, but Ronal­do was lat­er reprieved as Por­tu­gal won the result­ing penal­ty shootout to set up a quar­ter-final clash against France.

The 39-year-old strik­er had a gold­en oppor­tu­ni­ty to put Por­tu­gal ahead in the dying min­utes of the game, but his pow­er­ful effort from the spot was superbly saved by Oblak, who tipped the shot onto the post. Ronal­do’s emo­tions got the bet­ter of him, and he broke down in tears as his team-mates tried to con­sole him.

Ronal­do’s moth­er, Maria, was also seen cry­ing in the stands as she watched her son’s dis­tress. The for­mer Real Madrid, Man­ches­ter Unit­ed and Juven­tus star could­n’t con­tain his emo­tions, and the heart­break­ing scenes will no doubt go down as icon­ic in the his­to­ry of the Euro­pean Championship.

Despite the miss, Ronal­do was lat­er able to redeem him­self, con­fi­dent­ly scor­ing Por­tu­gal’s first penal­ty in the shootout. Goal­keep­er Dio­go Cos­ta was the real hero, sav­ing every Slove­nia attempt to secure Por­tu­gal’s pro­gres­sion to the quarter-finals.

The ini­tial spot-kick that left Ronal­do in floods of tears was prompt­ed after Liv­er­pool winger Dio­go Jota was fouled in the box, giv­ing the Por­tu­gal cap­tain an oppor­tu­ni­ty from 12 yards that many expect­ed him to con­vert. How­ev­er, Oblak’s superb save denied Ronal­do, lead­ing to the emo­tion­al outburst.

Ronal­do had pre­vi­ous­ly only missed 29 of his 192 career penal­ties, with Mon­day mark­ing his first fail­ure since being denied in Man­ches­ter Unit­ed’s FA Cup penal­ty shootout against Mid­dles­brough in 2022. 

The Al-Nassr strik­er could­n’t hold back his tears as the ref­er­ee blew for the break fol­low­ing his sen­sa­tion­al miss, and his team-mates ral­lied around him in a bid to calm him down and help him regain composure.

Fans and crit­ics on social media were quick to react to Ronal­do’s missed effort and sub­se­quent emo­tion­al dis­play, with some express­ing sym­pa­thy for the leg­endary play­er, while oth­ers were more crit­i­cal of his reaction. 

Nonethe­less, Ronal­do will now be tasked with lead­ing Por­tu­gal to a Euro 2024 semi-final when they take on France in a repeat of the 2016 final.

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