Cristiano Ronaldo played a crucial role in Portugal’s 1-0 win over Croatia on Saturday.
The Real Madrid man forced the shot that led to Ricardo Quaresma’s 117th-minute winner.
And, though he celebrated the goal on his own, there was no exuberance to Ronaldo’s celebrations at full-time.
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Considering Portugal had just avoided a nervy penalty shootout, you would have expected Ronaldo to go pretty mental. Especially when he ripped off his shirt when Real Madrid won the Champions League.
But there was none of that, and the 31-year-old has explained the reason why.
And, to his credit, it’s a brilliant reason.
“Of course, I am happy that we beat Croatia,” Ronaldo said, per 101GreatGoals. “However, I couldn’t celebrate on the field because my brother Luka Modric was crying. It is my duty to comfort my brother.”
Modric, his Madrid teammate, was visibly upset at full-time. He was consoled by both Ronaldo and Pepe as Croatia, presumed dark horses before their exit, crashed out.
Portugal will take on Poland in Thursday’s quarter-final. For Ronaldo, the quest for the international trophy that will cement his legacy continues.