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Cristiano Ronaldo speaks out after storming off pitch over disallowed goal

The forward thought he had netted a late winner on Saturday (Pictures: Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo says he will ‘never change’ after storming off the pitch before the full-time whistle had been blown after seeing what appeared to be a legitimate goal ruled out in Portugal’s 2-2 draw with Serbia.

The visitors went two goals up in the first half in Belgrade on Saturday night thanks to a brace from Liverpool’s Diogo Jota, but were pegged back in the second half by goals from Aleksandar Mitrovic and Filip Kostic.

Serbia then had Nikola Milenkovic sent off in stoppage time and Ronaldo thought he had stolen all three points moments later when he latched onto a cross just ahead of the goalkeeper and rolled the ball into an empty net.

Replays suggested the ball had crossed the line (Picture: beIN SPORTS)

But defender Stefan Mitrovic raced back towards the goal-line and slid in to clear the ball – though it appeared to have already crossed the line by a matter of centimetres.

With no goal-line technology at Red Star Stadium, it was up to the officials to decide if it was a goal or not and, much to Ronaldo’s dismay, they felt Mitrovic had managed to clear the effort before the whole ball had crossed the line.

But Juventus star Ronaldo was having none of it, protesting angrily with the linesman and then the official and pleading for the goal to be given – though he all he received was a yellow card.

With only a few seconds left on the clock, Ronaldo decided he had had enough and flung his captain’s armband on the ground and stormed off the field before the referee had even blown the full-time whistle.

Addressing the incident on Instagram after the game, Ronaldo wrote: ‘Being captain of the Portugal national team is one of the greatest honours and privileges of my life.

‘I give and will always give my all for my country, that will never change.

‘But there are difficult moments to cope with, especially when we feel like an entire nation is being harmed. Head up and face the next challenge! Come on Portugal!’

Ronaldo has now failed to score in each of his last four outings for Portugal despite being desperate to net another eight times to surpass Ali Daei’s record of 109 goals as the highest international goalscorer of all time.


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