Should Ronaldo Have Stepped Up For Portugal's Third Penalty?
Should Cristiano Ronaldo Have Stepped Up For Portugal's Third Penalty?
Portugal lost 3-0 in their penalty shootout against Chile in their FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final on Wednesday without Cristiano Ronaldo stepping up to take a kick. Should the superstar have taken more responsibility?
Penalty misses from Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho and Nani saw Portugal being knocked out of the Confederations Cup after the teams played out to a 0-0 draw after 90 minutes and extra time.
Ronaldo, who scored two goals at the tournament, did not get the chance to take a penalty in the shootout as he was lined up for the fifth kick.
Portugal manager Fernando Santos, however, said he chooses when his players step up for their kicks.
"The goalkeeper was fantastic but the three players who failed their penalties were heroes in the European Championship against Poland," he said, according to the Daily Mail.
"I always defend my players. It's my decision who takes them. That was the order we chose. These three players scored their goals in the Euros."
Fans and experts from around the world have since criticised the 32-year-old for not stepping up to the spot for Portugal's third penalty after the first two misses, or for his country's first spot-kick, as they feel he would have at least given his country a chance had he taken on the responsibility.
Alan Shearer tweeted:
Grup14 founder Rafael Hernandez echoed Shearer's words:
BeIN Sports correspondent Tancredi Palmeri also shared a similar sentiment:
In hindsight, Ronaldo might have missed the penalty himself, but some supporters are disappointed the superstar did not get to shoot from the spot, especially as it is almost certain he would have been the one to pick the ball up if there was a penalty awarded to Portugal in normal time.
Others have sided with Ronaldo and feel that changing the order of the penalty takers might have caused disruption in the shootout, while some believe that even bringing Ronaldo's name up is unfair.
The Daily Mail also noted that Ronaldo stepped up to take Portugal's first penalty in their shootout against Poland in the quarter-finals of last year's European Championship, which saw them win 5-3 on penalties.
Despite the debate having many complications, one thing is for sure: Ronaldo will always be spoken about, whether he loses or wins.
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