After the final whistle of Portugal’s opening World Cup match against Ghana, captain Cristiano Ronaldo moved to console goalkeeper Diogo Costa..
Ronaldo became the first player to score in five World Cups when he converted a controversial penalty in the 65th minute after being judged to have been tripped by Southampton defender Mohamed Salisu.
Following his shocking interview with Piers Morgan, the Portuguese superstar ended his relationship with Manchester United by mutual consent this week. He has now entered full international mode and is aiming to break a number of World Cup records..
Despite this, he was taken off in the closing stages of his country’s opening day victory over Ghana, when Fernando Santos’ side was 3-1 up and seemingly cruising to victory. Osman Bukari’s late goal, however, set up a tense finish for Portugal.
Inaki Williams almost earned a sensational late equalizer for the African side, standing behind Portugal goalkeeper Costa before craftily winning the ball back from the Porto shot-stopper by his subtle run from behind the goalkeeper to win the ball.
However, Williams slipped when he won the ball, allowing Portugal to scramble the ball clear and claim victory..
Costa was shaken after the minute because he had almost thrown away the game for his team and suffered an embarrassing World Cup moment, but he survived.
After the final whistle, Ronaldo went onto the pitch and straight to Costa, whom he confronted with comforting words, telling him that he should not be negatively impacted by the situation and that he should just laugh about it because he got away with the error.
“You have to laugh, we won, did you concede a goal?” Ronaldo said to the goalkeeper. Costa responded, “No, but he was close.” “Then?” says Cristiano. You have to laugh because we win! Another win and we’re off, you can laugh, let’s go! We won..
Ronaldo’s future at Real Madrid will remain a hot topic, with the club ruling out a return for their club-record goalscorer. Sporting Lisbon, his mother’s club, has also ruled out a move, while Bayern Munich has put an end to speculation.
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