Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo had a forgettable moment in the recently concluded FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The star footballer managed to score just one goal, and it came from the penalty spot.
Ronaldo was utterly ineffective in front of goal and even remained on the bench for the final two matches, against Switzerland in the Round of 16 and Morocco in the quarterfinal.
The superstar received harsh criticism for his provocative actions. The Portugal star was also accused of threatening to leave the team’s camp after a disagreement with controversial coach Fernando Santos.
Several fans across the globe are criticizing Ronaldo for Portugal’s disappointing World Cup exit, and they are mocking the 37-year-old striker. However, former England captain Kevin Pietersen has defended Ronaldo amid the fierce criticism directed at the Portugal striker.
“Any parent will resonate with this - ‘you’re only as happy as your unhappiest child.’ @Cristiano lost one of his children a few months ago & so I strongly feel, that the daily bashing of someone who we all know is completely broken, is sick, vile & absolutely disgusting! STOP!” Pietersen tweeted.
Ronaldo is absolutely devastated after Portugal’s unceremonious exit from the mega event. He also finds himself in an unfamiliar territory as he remains without a club.
With his contract being terminated with Manchester United, Ronaldo is not associated with any club for the time being. Ronaldo’s World Cup campaign ended in heartbreak as he was not able to fulfill his dream of lifting the coveted trophy. Now, the focus is on his future.