Ronaldo tears during Portugal vs Slovenia

Cristiano Ronaldo reveals why he cried after missing his penalty against Slovenia

Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he gets emotional with everything related to football. He added that the game against Slovenia was not his best, but was not willing to give up.

Speaking to O Jogo, Ronaldo stated that the emotional outburst was not related to his retirement. He is not thinking about it just yet, nor does the Portugal star think he needs win anything else to prove his worth to the game.

The Al Nassr star admitted that it was his last EURO, but that was not the reason for his tears on the pitch. He said:

“It is without a doubt my last European Championship. But I don’t get emotional about that, I get emotional about everything that football involves. Because of the enthusiasm I have for the game, the enthusiasm of seeing my supporters, my family, the affection that people have for me. It’s not about leaving football, because if I do, what else would I need to do or win? It won’t be about getting one more point or one less point. I get emotional because these are unique moments, which I can’t express in words. Even the strongest people have their [bad] days.”

Speaking about his missed penalty, Ronaldo claimed that he was determined to find the back of the net in the shootout. He did not want to hide from the situation and was ready to take responsibility. He added:

“I missed the penalty but I wanted to be the first to score, because you have to take responsibility. I’ve never been afraid to face the usual things. We have a tough game now against France, who are one of the favourites to win. But we’re going to war, the team is doing well and I’ll always give my best in this shirt. Those who fail are those who try too. The fans are always with us and especially with me, I’m very happy about that.”

Portugal made it through to the Euro 2024 quarter-final despite Jan Oblak saving Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty in extra time. The Slovenian goalkeeper could not stop the Al Nassr star, Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva from scoring in the shootout, while Diogo Costa saved all three efforts for Portugal.

Portugal are now set to face France on Friday in the quarterfinals. The 2016 Euro champions will be wary of the French side that has managed to squeeze into the final 8 despite not being at their best this summer.

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