Cristiano Ronaldo panned on Twitter for performance v Croatia

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Portugal are through the quarter-final of the European Championship after beating Croatia 1-0 after extra-time.

The contest finished 0-0 after 90 minutes but Ricardo Quaresma's 117th-minute goal booked a meeting with Poland in the last-eight.

And Portugal will need an improved performance from Cristiano Ronaldo if they are to progress to the semi-final.


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The Real Madrid man was kept largely quiet by Croatia, failing to get an opportunity to influence the game until Quaresma followed up his shot to score.

As is often the case when Ronaldo plays poorly, Twitter was quick to jump on his back. And, unfortunately for the Real Madrid man, he had one such night.

Just check out the reaction to the 31-year-old’s performance below.


Ronaldo has endured an indifferent tournament for his country, failing to score in the opening two group games but scoring twice in the 3-3 draw against Hungary.

He cut an agitated figure throughout the game against Hungary, reacted furiously when Balazs Dzsudzsak scored a third goal for the Hungarians.

But does his determination to succeed make him a tough player to manage? Not according to Carlo Ancelotti.

The incoming Bayern Munich boss managed the winger at Real Madrid and admitted that Ronaldo’s knowledge of the game sets him apart from everyone else.

“He is a pleasure to manage,” Ancelotti wrote in his column for the Telegraph. “We all know about the work he puts in to be so strong and his perfectionism on the training ground when it comes to technique.

“He also understands that a lot about being a top footballer, with the demands of the modern game, is about recovery. It is what you do in between the games that counts for so much. He would talk to our medical staff all the time, he would try to figure out what he needed.”

“The boy lived for the game – everything else was built to fit around it. That meant his recovery times, what he ate, when he ate, his commercial commitments, even his private life. All of it was organised so that when he stepped on the pitch he would be at the absolute peak of his performance.”

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