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Cristiano Ronaldo reflects on what ‘everyone’ is talking about



Cristiano Ronaldo reflects on what 'everyone' is talking about

Though the world sees him as something more, Euro 2024 proves very much that Cristiano Ronaldo is still human as hard as it is for his critics to believe.

In a night of high drama and intense emotion at Euro 2024, Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo opened up about his rollercoaster experience during their thrilling last-16 victory over Slovenia.

The 39-year-old forward, who plays for Al Nassr, faced a personal and professional challenge as his penalty miss in extra time nearly cost his team the match. However, Portugal ultimately triumphed in a penalty shootout, thanks to a historic performance by goalkeeper Diogo Costa.

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Speaking at the post-match press conference, Ronaldo candidly shared his thoughts on the match’s dramatic events. “Inexplicable moments, eight and eighty, that’s what happened today,” he told Sport TV. “I have to review it, I don’t know if I shot well or badly.”

Ronaldo’s missed penalty came in the 105th minute after Slovenia conceded a spot-kick. His powerful shot was expertly saved by Slovenia’s Jan Oblak, a moment that could have significantly altered the course of the game.

Reflecting on this, Ronaldo reminded fans that it was his first penalty miss of the year. “I didn’t miss once during the year and, when they needed it most, Oblak saved.”

Despite the setback, Ronaldo showcased his resilience. When the match progressed to a penalty shootout, he stepped up once again and successfully converted Portugal’s first spot-kick. His determination and leadership were evident, even as he admitted to feeling at his lowest. “Even the strongest people have their bad days. I was at rock bottom when the team needed me the most,” Ronaldo said.

Portugal’s victory was sealed by Diogo Costa, who made Euros history by saving three consecutive penalties. Ronaldo expressed a mix of emotions, acknowledging the bittersweet nature of the game. “Sadness at the start is joy at the end. That is what football is. Moments, inexplicable moments. I feel sad and happy at the same time.”

Despite his personal disappointment, Ronaldo was full of praise for his team’s efforts. “The important thing is to enjoy it. The team did an extraordinary job. We fought right to the end and I think we deserved it because we had more authority,” he stated.