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Should Ronaldo Have Stepped Up For Portugal's Third Penalty?

Should Cristiano Ronaldo Have Stepped Up For Portugal's Third Penalty?

By SLinternational - Jun 29, 2017 01:59 PM @KurtLaduma

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?

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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.

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Despite the debate having many complications, one thing is for sure: Ronaldo will always be spoken about, whether he loses or wins.

What is your take on the topic? Let us know in the comments section below.


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yanga kokstad Joined: 26 Feb 2017
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yanga kokstad Jul 06, 2017 10:50 AM
mxm was Ronaldo playing or Portugal please guys stop being haters even if he took the penalty and miss you will be still talking fish about him come on
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malatsa Joined: 27 Jul 2015
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malatsa Jun 30, 2017 07:28 PM
He knew he will miss too. So dnt criticize him...
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nicco14_k4l Jun 29, 2017 11:34 PM
The third penalty was suppossed to be taken by Ronaldo as two players missed
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nicco14_k4l Jun 29, 2017 11:32 PM
The third penalty was suppossed to be taken by Ronaldo as two players missed
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Bigboy aka melo Joined: 27 Jun 2017
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Bigboy aka melo Jun 29, 2017 08:34 PM
He wanted attentions from medias and photographers so media can write about how he saved his Country blah blah blah blah.....
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The Lecturer Jun 29, 2017 07:52 PM
"for me, he doesn't exist." - Vidal
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The Lecturer Joined: 05 May 2017
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The Lecturer Jun 29, 2017 07:41 PM
The bottom line is, cry7 indicated nothing to his coach that he is willing to take the responsibility as captain and at least try to rescue the situation. He waited for that last moment of glory after his teammates paved the way for him as usual....till now he is still waiting in a "Chilli" weather to impress the empty plastic seats (his plastic fans).
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Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal Jun 29, 2017 07:38 PM
Captain leads the team but penaldo is pure coward he always come last when the team score first few goals just to take credit for the win
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Faysal Jun 29, 2017 07:37 PM
Captain leads the team but penaldo is pure coward he always come last when the team score first few goals just to take credit for the win
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Nick#10 Jun 29, 2017 07:28 PM
I feel sorry for CP7 but I like it when his fans hve nothing to talk abwt then they Mention Messi kikikikiki
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Nick#10 Joined: 08 Dec 2016
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Nick#10 Jun 29, 2017 07:24 PM
he should hve taken da second penalty to prevent further damage...had Portugal won even without Penaldo taking a penalty his fans would still credit him instead of his teammates so he must take da blame
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mcmoloi@yahoo.com Jun 29, 2017 07:21 PM
@Shangaan true that,and again the coach had already decided the penalty takers and that king cr7 was to take penalty number 5.what if king cr7 took penalty number 2 or 3 and missed, haters would have said he disobeyed orders
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Sipsa7407@gmail.com Jun 29, 2017 06:56 PM
The coach said he decides on who takes penalties and he indicates the order to be followed. Where does individual glory comes from?Lack of football knowledge is dangerous,that's why people think anyone can take whatever penalty like in amateur game.Cr7 was instructed to take penalty number 5.Nothing else!!
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Khasa2 Joined: 26 Jun 2017
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Khasa2 Jun 29, 2017 06:47 PM
eish the very samething happened during 2012 euros
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skols Joined: 09 Apr 2017
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skols Jun 29, 2017 06:38 PM
It wouldn't have made the difference
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dicozee Joined: 26 Apr 2013
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dicozee Jun 29, 2017 06:35 PM
I agree wth those wu r saying He wntd the decider,focusing on individual glory. He was supposed to step up but didn't want 2 take the penalty tht might send them home. Big ups to nani for his courage 2 go for tht crucial spot kick.
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Flipping lyf Jun 29, 2017 06:34 PM
Cr7 haters real dnt knw wat they wnt frm king they use 2call him selfish,arrogence so last nyt he prove dat he can follow any order cuming frm his leadership and they stil crying any way it was first win ever 4chile against portugal and dat show quality squad chile have congrats 2them they deserve a final cos they in dis tournement becos of they a champion south american
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DannyDee Jun 29, 2017 06:15 PM
Ronaldo should have taken the 2nd or 3rd penalty to revive Portugal's hope and I know you all know he would ve scored n turned tables. We would be talking Portugal vs Mexico final now bcoz Germany will be shown exit tonight
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the-champion Jun 29, 2017 06:04 PM
Real leaders always lead by example!after all had they gotten 2 penalties during regulation period he would have taken both so that he could steal the limelight.........so y not now when it matters the most? And now that they are out he is running away'to see the doctor's kids'wat a coward!
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@McCoora Jun 29, 2017 05:53 PM
Its his fault Portugal lost,yeah I said because whenever Portugal wins he is on the spotlight,his followers only mention his name not that of the whole team,so he deserves every criticism laid upon him he must shoulder the blame as he always still the spotlight out of his fellow countrymen,as their SUPERSTAR PLAYER he failed Portugal,suck it up

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