Portugal Fans’ Anger At Cristiano Ronaldo May Not Be Justified

Cristiano Ronaldo went through one of the toughest phases in his illustrious career during the UEFA Euro 2024 in Germany. The 39-year-old failed to find the back of the net in a major international tournament for the first time for Portugal, who faced elimination in the quarter-finals against France. Public opinion since then has been overwhelmingly against Ronaldo.

The record goalscorer in international football has a tough call to make regarding his career for the national team. He explained that this was his last appearance in the European Championship. However, with the 2026 FIFA World Cup looming large, Ronaldo’s intentions are still uncertain regarding the landmark event. The management of Portuguese football will have an extremely difficult task to prepare for life after its greatest ever icon.

The services of Cristiano Ronaldo are no longer coveted by the fans

It will only be fair to argue that Cristiano Ronaldo was far from his usual self in Germany. Euro 2024 marks the second straight international event after the 2022 FIFA World Cup where Ronaldo has noticeably slowed down. A solitary assist was all Ronaldo could show in terms of the stats, leading fans to question whether the former Real Madrid man was a help or a hindrance. “I can’t wait until we finally have a team without Ronaldo.was just one of the remarks shared by the fan base on social media.

It comes as a huge surprise considering Ronaldo’s efforts and accolades with the Portuguese National Team. Criticism has always surrounded the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and only made him stronger. However, this time Ronaldo looks emotionally broken in what could very well be his last stint with his beloved national team. Fans, however, turned against him instead of appreciating their greatest hero.

Portugal’s inability to replace Cristiano Ronaldo

The big question on the mind of the football community is who can take up the mantle if Ronaldo says goodbye. With 130 international goals, the Al Nassr forward sits well above everyone else in the game. Diogo Jota, Goncalo Ramos and Joao Felix are the three most talked about names to replace Ronaldo as the main goalscorer in the Portuguese camp.

Joao Felix and Diogo Jota
Joao Felix and Diogo Jota (Credit: @selecaoportugal/X)

The three forwards have a combined total of just 30 goals in 96 appearances for Portugal. The numbers do not provide the necessary evidence to consider Ronaldo’s absence as positive. Even apart from the goals, leadership and the never-give-up attitude shaped Cristiano Ronaldo to become the legend he is today. Unfortunately, none of the players of the current generation reflect those characteristics, leading to the possibility of a very bleak future for the Portuguese national team.

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