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Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo only played 24 minutes against Barcelona in the first leg of the Supercopa de España on Sunday. However, he made sure his presence was felt.
Ronaldo came on as a sub in the 57th minute, with the game tied 1-1. In the 80th minute he scored an incredible goal to give Real Madrid the lead. Then, over the course of the next 120 seconds, Ronaldo trolled Lionel Messi, received not one but two yellow cards, and shoved a referee.
All in a day’s work for the world’s prettiest soccer man!
Let’s start with the goal, an absolutely brilliant strike from the top left corner of the penalty box into the top right corner of the goal:
My god let me bless you all with the Ronaldo goal again pic.twitter.com/hO47dMfrqS
— ㅤ (@NaturalPerplex) August 13, 2017
As you probably noticed, at some point after firing the ball into the net, Ronaldo’s shirt was liberated from his magnificently sculpted torso. Well, that was no accident. Ronaldo was actually re-enacting a famous Messi goal celebration in front of Messi’s home fans:
— SPORF (@Sporf) August 13, 2017
That little bit of theatrics earned Ronaldo his first yellow card. But he probably thought it was worth it…until he got a second yellow card two minutes later.
In 82nd minute, while making a run at the goal, Ronaldo took a bump from Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti and fell to the ground. The Portuguese superstar almost certainly embellished things a bit, as soccer players are known to do, but there was definitely contact from Umtiti, so as far as dives go it was pretty mild. At worst you would expect a non-call.
82′ Barcelona 1 – 2 Real Madrid red card – 82′ Cristiano Ronaldo 2nd yellow card SuperCopa pic.twitter.com/r9LOYhGTVq
— elgolazo (@elgolazoec) August 13, 2017
Unfortunately, referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea didn’t see it the way everyone else did. He thought Ronaldo’s flop was egregious, so he gave him a yellow card. And since Ronaldo had already received another yellow just two minutes earlier, the second yellow amounted to an ejection.
Obviously, Barcelona fans were thrilled with the decision!
Scenes at Camp Nou after the Ronaldo red card pic.twitter.com/NcPpurV8sU
— jw10 (@hahayouraidiot) August 13, 2017
But Ronaldo? He was angry! And in his anger, the Real Madrid star went up to Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea and gave him a very gentle, but very noticeable shove in the back:
Ronaldo shoves referee pic.twitter.com/jB1YRrjSXk
— That Dude (@cjzer0) August 13, 2017
Shoving officials is a big no-no. According to the Spanish Soccer Federation disciplinary code, any contact with a referee, even if only “slightly violent,” is subject to a suspension of four to 12 games.
Now, obviously, Cristiano Ronaldo is not going to be suspended 12 games. But if the Spanish Soccer Federation is serious about enforcing its rules, he should definitely get the minimum.
That would work out to one more pre-season game and three regular season games.
Hat Tip – [ESPN FC]