World Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo shrugs off Man United exit as he nets Portugal’s opening goal in Qatar
That’s one way to bounce back! Cristiano Ronaldo shrugs at Manchester United departure as he scores Portugal’s opening goal at the World Cup with a penalty – but fans insist he DIVES to earn it
Cristiano Ronaldo made a quick recovery from his departure from Manchester United when he scored Portugal’s first goal in the World Cup.
The veteran striker scored from the spot just after the hour mark to break the stalemate against Ghana in their first group game at the Qatar tournament on Thursday night.
Ronaldo, 37, fought back tears during the Portuguese national anthem in his first game since his contract was canceled by the Red Devils.
Cristiano Ronaldo shrugged after leaving Manchester United with a World Cup goal for Portugal
The captain scored a controversial second-half penalty against Ghana during the Qatar tournament
But the confident penalty, followed by his signature ‘Siuuuu’ celebration, was highly controversial.
Ronaldo charged into the box and dove theatrically to the ground under minimal contact from Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu, but referee Ismail Elfath awarded a penalty and VAR surprisingly did not reverse his decision.
And fans quickly took to social media to accuse the 37-year-old of an “absolutely pathetic” swim, calling him “garbage” for his actions to fool the referee.