Euro 2024. Cristiano Ronaldo cried after missing a penalty in extra time of the Portugal-Slovenia match

It wasn’t Ronaldo’s game. Since the start of Monday’s battle to qualify for the quarter-finals of the European Championship, he has been ineffective in front of the Slovenian goal. He made bad decisions and had problems shooting on goal.

He attempted four close-range free throws. He shot very high, and when he managed to get the ball on goal, Oblak made a brilliant save.

Cristiano Ronaldo could not believe the Portuguese’s inability

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Ronaldo missed a penalty

But coach Roberto Martinez did not want to change his star player. Moreover, when Portugal were awarded a penalty in the 105th minute after a foul on striker Diogo Jota, no one had any doubts about who should approach the ball placed 11 metres in front of the Slovenian goal.

Ronaldo looked confident. He fired a powerful shot high into the ground and into the right post. However, Oblak guessed his intentions perfectly and used his fingertips to strike the ball against the post. Moments later, the referee ended the first half of extra time.

Cristiano Ronaldo takes a penalty kick

Tears appeared on the face of the Portuguese captain. Standing on the bench with his teammates, he began to cry. They approached him to comfort him and show support. These were extraordinary images.


Ronaldo couldn’t control his emotions. When he came out on the pitch after a short break, tears were still in his eyes. He felt like a failure. He hadn’t scored a goal in a major tournament in his last seven matches for the national team.

In this European Championship, CR7 has already fired 20 shots. Nobody has that many to his credit. However, the 39-year-old is still waiting for his first performance.

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