Cristiano Ronaldo has sincerely apologized to his Portuguese teammates after leading them to an exciting 2-1 comeback win over the Republic of Ireland. The 36-year-old missed a penalty in the first game but made up for it with a late brace that sealed the victory for Portugal.
Despite notably leading Portugal to a decisive victory, Cristiano Ronaldo publicly apologized for his emotional outburst on the pitch. The striker celebrated Portugal’s winning goal by taking off his shirt and was duly cautioned by the referee.
After receiving the booking, Cristiano Ronaldo will now miss Portugal’s next World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan. Therefore, the Portuguese captain has admitted his mistake and apologized for his actions on the pitch.
In a post-game interaction, Ronaldo said:
“I forgot. It’s the emotion of the game. Maybe the coach will make it difficult for me, but it doesn’t matter. The most important thing was to help the team. I’m sorry, but the emotions speak louder.”
Cristiano Ronaldo’s comments came after beating Ali Daei’s record for most goals in international football. The Manchester United star equalized John Egan’s opening goal for Ireland with two headers in the 89th minute and added time.
Portugal coach Fernando Santos praises Cristiano Ronaldo
Although Cristiano Ronaldo was banned for his cheers, Portugal coach Fernando Santos decided against focusing on that. Instead, the head coach praised Cristiano Ronaldo for his performance and his remarkable achievements.
Santos commented after the game:
“Of course we are all happy with his record. There is no Portuguese who is not happy to see him as the top scorer of all international matches of all time.”
Portugal are currently at the top of Group A for World Cup qualifiers. However, Santos will know that his side were forced to rely heavily on Cristiano Ronaldo’s brilliance to save them against Ireland.
Since the Portuguese captain is not available for the next game, the team must advance together. Perhaps, however, they couldn’t have asked for a better opponent. Azerbaijan, next to face Portugal, are bottom of Group A with three losses in as many games.
Portugal are undoubtedly the firm favorites to win another win against Azerbaijan on September 7 at Baku’s Olympic Stadium.