In-game footage clears Cristiano Ronaldo from controversy sparked in Madrid draw

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Real Madrid's Champions League encounter against Legia Warsaw on Wednesday night gave people a lot to talk about. 

From Gareth Bale's incredible volley inside the first minute of the game, to Warsaw's comeback from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 before, ultimately, being pegged back in the 85th minute.

However, so far this morning there has been one thing above all else that has caused debate - a still image appearing to show Cristiano Ronaldo stamping on an opponent in the 90th minute of the game.

Numerous websites have published the story, including the Spanish publication 'Sport' who ran with the headline 'Another Cristiano Ronaldo stamp', and, as you might expect, it has caused quite the reaction on social media.

Here's the image in question that has been doing the rounds...

On the face of it, it doesn't look good for the multi-time Ballon d'Or winner as, in the above image, it appears Ronaldo is deliberately raking his studs down a Warsaw player's back - his eyes deliberately focussed on what he is doing.

But, they do say that a picture says a thousand words. So, just how truthful is the message the still image from last night's game is sending out?


Well, looking at the actual game footage from which the screenshot of the alleged stamp is taken, the answer is not very truthful at all...

As you can see, whilst Ronaldo does accidentally tread on his opponent's hand as the pair challenge for a header in the closing stages, rather than deliberately take aim at the prone defender's back with his left boot, the Portugal striker does his best to get out of the way without causing any more harm. 

The full video paints a very different picture to the one that a lot of media outlets and fans were clamouring to claim on Thursday morning.


This is just the latest in a long line of recent incidents where Ronaldo has been painted in a bad light when, in reality, his actions have been anything but.

Only a few weeks ago, we saw widespread outrage at CR7 apparently trying to call for offside, rather than celebrate, a goal from teammate Alvaro Morata. 

That, like the 'stamp', was quickly debunked by those who knew Ronaldo's arm raised pose is a regular occurrence after a Madrid goal.

The question now is, will the truth spread as quickly as the rumours? Unfortunately for Ronaldo, we doubt it.

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