Monday, January 30, 2023

Cristiano Ronaldo ‘insulted’ by South Korea player after camera captured ‘furious’ reaction

Cristiano Ronaldo ‘insulted’ by South Korea player after camera captured ‘furious’ reaction

Fernando Santos asserts that South Korea’s Cho Gue-Sung insulted Cristiano Ronaldo as he departed the field of play during Portugal’s shocking FIFA World Cup loss in Qatar.

The Asian underdogs rallied from behind to defeat the Euro 2016 champions, with Wolves forward Hwang Hee-chan scoring the game-winning goal to advance his team to the round of 16.

Portugal was left with a foul taste in their mouths as their perfect start came to an unanticipated end with first place already secured.

Santos has reported that Ronaldo was enraged by what Gue-Sung said as he approached to the touchline, apparently telling CR7 to “go away.”

“The player from Korea was insulting him telling him to go away, so that is the reason why he was angry, everyone saw that,” said the Portugal boss.

“I saw the interaction with the Korea player and I don’t have any doubts about it and if you see the images you see Pepe went towards the Korea player.

“He was not aggressive, he was only verbally aggressive, he was speaking in English to Cristiano, and Cristiano said ‘perhaps he had a bad day’.”

Prior to leaving the field, Ronaldo contributed significantly to Korea’s equalizer as the ball ricocheted off his back when he turned his head, allowing Kim Young-gwon to score.

The former Manchester United star then reportedly told his boss, “You’re in such a hurry to take me off.”

Ronaldo failed to take a shot on goal at the competition for the second time. He has only achieved this feat twice in the previous four World Cups.

Since Ronaldo’s penalty against Ghana, all five of Portugal’s most recent goals have been scored by different players.

Santos could not conceal his displeasure at the setback that marred Portugal’s outstanding group stage campaign.

The champions of the 2019 Nations League will now prepare to play Switzerland in the round of 16 next week.

“We are somewhat upset,” Santos added. “We are first in the group. but we wanted to win and have a better game to increase the morale of the players. But this result serves as a warning to our team.”

In an effort to shake up the competition before to the knockout rounds, Portugal made significant alterations to their starting lineup.

However, Ronaldo did not wish to be rested as he led the line for his country, delivering a lackluster effort.

Joao Mario and Vitinha also made their debuts, along with Ruben Neves and Matheus Nunes.

Against Switzerland, the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Joao Felix, and Bernardo Silva are anticipated to return.

Cristiano Ronaldo ‘insulted’ by South Korea player after camera captured ‘furious’ reaction

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