Despite scoring his side's winning penalty against Atletico Madrid in Saturday’s Champions League final, Cristiano Ronaldo still became the subject of criticism.
The Portuguese held his nerve to fire past Jan Oblak in the shoot-out but failed to make any impact in the 120 minutes that preceded it.
Misplaced passes, blocked shots and failed dribbles plagued Ronaldo’s poor performance - that didn’t stop him from stealing the spotlight upon scoring the winning penalty, though.
SIGN UP NOW
Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250 word test article: https://gms.to/haveyoursay4
By ripping off his shirt in celebration, the 31-year-old’s egotistical side came to the fore, but it’s easy to forget his compassionate alter ego.
After lifting the Champions League trophy with his Real Madrid teammates at the San Siro, Ronaldo delivered a timely reminder of how nice a bloke he is by spending time and taking pictures with two handicapped fans. Watch the touching video below.
Say what you want about Ronaldo’s behaviour on the pitch, but off it, he’s a class act.
The simple fact of the matter is that the Portugal international really does care about his adoring supporters.
In March 2014, for example, he offered to pay for a 10-month old baby’s operation because his family couldn’t stump up the money.
Erik Ortiz Cruz, now three-years-old, suffered up to 30 epileptic fits a day and needed £50,000 surgery to cure his condition.
And earlier this year, as the Champions League anthem played before Real's clash with Roma, Ronaldo gave a young girl a moment she’ll never forget by pecking her on the cheek. Here’s the evidence.
Where football is concerned for the winger, he will now be gearing up for this summer’s European Championships with Portugal.
Ronaldo and co. face England and Estonia in pre-tournament friendlies on June 2 and June 8 respectively before taking on Iceland in their first group game six days later.
Austria and Hungary complete Group F, with Portugal large favourites to finish top.
And they’ll need their all-time record goalscorer to be fit and firing in France following a season where Ronaldo scored 51 goals in La Liga (35) and the Champions League (16) alone.
Amidst suggestions that his performances on the wane, the Portuguese superstar continues to deliver and shows no signs of slowing.
So much so that Real president Florentino Perez has said that Ronaldo can stay at the Bernabeu “forever” if he so wishes.
He told Antena 3television, per the Daily Mail: “Everyone knows I want Cristiano to stay here forever.
“He is one of the pillars of the team and one of the history of the club. Real Madrid have made a new era with him."
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms