Cristiano Ronaldo blasted for ‘selfish’ celebration after Ricardo Quaresma goal

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Portugal are now the fifth favourites to win Euro 2016 following their last-gasp victory over Croatia on Saturday evening.

Fernando Santos’ men progressed to the quarter-finals thanks to a 117th-minute winner not from Cristiano Ronaldo, but from Ricardo Quaresma.

However, Ronaldo was accused by some people on Twitter of trying to ensure the moment was all about him by wheeling away and celebrating the goal on his own. (Scroll down this page to watch the footage and judge for yourself).


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Ronaldo had the shot that led to the goal, but it was Quaresma who applied the finishing touch.

Without the latter’s crucial intervention, the ball would not have gone in and Portugal could have gone home had the subsequent penalty shoot-out not gone their way.

Video: Ronaldo's 'selfish' celebration

Ronaldo span around, arm raised, and ran off down the pitch instead of towards the corner flag where Quaresma and the rest of his Portugal teammates were celebrating.

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Twitter reaction

As the team’s captain, some felt Ronaldo’s celebration was a little selfish - and it’s easy to understand that point of view.

Reaction too harsh on Ronaldo?

However, perhaps those criticising the three-time Ballon d’Or winner were being a little harsh on this occasion. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment at the bottom of the page.

Santos admits Portugal were lucky

Following Portugal’s 1-0 victory over Croatia, Santos admitted his side were fortunate to advance to the next round.

"This was a final, and we won," the Portugal head coach was quoted as saying by Sky Sports after the match. "Today we were the lucky ones. But I think it was fair.

"We have a very hard match against Poland and we must prepare for that now. We'd like to play a pretty game but that's not always how you win tournaments."

Santos added: "It was a very tactical match, we tried to take over but Croatia didn't let us. But we didn't let them, either. You must look at both sides of the coin.

"We faced an amazing team, they've played some of the best football in the group stages. They always try to play their type of football."

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