Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo appears to suggest that the referee needs glasses during Man United's loss to Atletico

Arjun Singh Devgan
Ronaldo was not happy with the referee during Man United's loss to Atletico
Ronaldo was not happy with the referee during Man United's loss to Atletico / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

Footballing superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo was left furious with the referee after he let Atletico Madrid's goal stand during Manchester United's Champions League round of 16 exit on Tuesday.

Atletico beat United 1-0 in the round of 16 second leg fixture at Old Trafford after a 41st-minute header from Renan Lodi gave them a 1-0 (2-1 aggregate) win. Lodi punished a poor United defence as he head home the only goal of the game after finding himself in acres of space.

Following the goal, the United players were pictured protesting about a perceived foul on Anthony Elanga in the build-up that the referee had not given. Ronaldo in particular was irate as he could be seen furiously gesturing to the referee as the Atletico players reeled away in celebration.

The 37-year-old appeared to question the quality of the official's vision as he held his hands up to his eyes to make the globally-recognised glasses signal, though such a protest was of no avail as the goal stood after a VAR review.

The loss on the night means that the 2021/22 season will be the first time he has ended a season without a trophy for 12 years. The last season he won no silverware at all was his very first at Real Madrid back in 2009/10, more than a decade ago.