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Ronaldo faces criticism despite Portugal's triumph against Czech Republic

Cristiano Ronaldo and company with their first victory at the Euro.
Cristiano Ronaldo and company with their first victory at the Euro.
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Mateusz Kaluga

19 June 2024 09:19

Cristiano Ronaldo's name is already in golden letters in football history books. The whole world watches his exploits. However, not everyone is pleased with the Portuguese player's current form. English coach Stuart Pearce has outright stated that his national team colleagues have lost trust in him and are not passing the ball to him.

Portugal started the European championships on Tuesday. Roberto Martinez’s team played their first match against the Czech Republic. It was pouring rain almost throughout the game in Leipzig, which might have hindered the players from fully showing their skills.

The match ended with Portugal’s victory 2-1. The Czechs took the lead, but Ronaldo and his team fought almost until the last whistle to turn the game's tide.

It is precisely Cristiano Ronaldo who is the most polarizing player. The entire world watches his movements. The Portuguese player is already 39 years old and does not impress with the same form as a few years ago. Nevertheless, he spent the entire match on the pitch with the captain's armband. Former players and coaches decided to comment on his form in the first match of the championships.

Criticism of Cristiano Ronaldo. Do his colleagues lack trust?

In an interview with talkSPORT, former player and coach Stuart Pearce they are suggested that Ronaldo’s teammates lack trust in their captain.

"This might sound ridiculous, but [maybe] they don’t trust Ronaldo enough to keep supplying him with the ball, that type of thing," said the former Nottingham Forest star. He recalled a situation with Bernardo Silva, who didn’t pass the ball to the star despite a good opportunity. "If this was ten years ago, you slide it in front of him and you know full well he’s going to get there and score," Pearce continued.

The Metro portal also quotes the former excellent English striker's opinion. Alan Shearer noticed on BBC Sport that Portugal was too conditional on CR7. He added that players had better passing options but chose the former Real Madrid star.

Metro also quotes a positive statement from a former player and current coach. Cesc Fabregas said on BBC that if the team plays well, Ronaldo will surely find his chance, as “he needs just one little moment of space to create a chance” and “his overall play has been much better than the last couple of years.”

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