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Big things were expected of Cristiano Ronaldo entering the 2016 European Championships. The three-time Ballon d’Or winner had just finished leading his club team, Real Madrid, to a Champions League victory, and Portuguese fans were hoping for more of the same from the world class forward when he and his teammates took to the pitch for their tournament opener against Iceland on Tuesday.
What they got instead, however, was the sucky baby version of Ronaldo—the one that can often be seen crying and whining and complaining to the referees while acting like a jerk to his opposition and even his own teammates at times.
Ronaldo had a handful of glorious chances to give his team the victory and he failed to capitalize on those chances, growing more and more frustrated with every miss. And by the final whistle, he was so sour that he wouldn’t even exchange jerseys with Iceland’s Aron Gunnarsson:
That wasn’t even the worst of cry-baby Ronaldo’s antics on Tuesday.
After the game he couldn’t help but rip the opposition for their defensive tactics and the manner in which they celebrated their 1-1 draw on the field following the match:
“It was a little bit frustrating, we tried hard to win the game, Iceland didn’t try anything.
“They scored a goal, they created two chances in the 90 minutes and otherwise they got every player behind the ball, they put the bus in the net so it’s difficult when one team don’t try but Portugal try and play football and try to win the game…
“I thought they’d won the Euros the way they celebrated at the end, it was unbelievable.
“When they don’t try to play and just defend, defend, defend this in my opinion shows a small mentality and are not going to do anything in the competition.”
If Ronaldo hopes to add the Henri Delaunay Trophy to his collection, he’ll have to ditch the pacifier for some goals. He can begin doing that as early as Saturday, when Portugal takes on Austria in their second game of the Group Stage.