Cristiano Ronaldo was left furious after being denied a late goal in Portugal's 2-2 draw with Serbia during their World Cup qualifier on Saturday.
The Juventus star thought he had netted the winner when he stabbed an effort towards goal and was convinced that the ball had crossed the line. But the referee's assistant did not agree and the goal was not given.
In a fit of anger, Ronaldo threw his captain armband to the ground and stormed off the pitch a few minutes later. “Being captain of the Portugal team is one of the greatest privileges of my life and fills me with pride,” he said after the game.
“I always give and will give everything for my country, that will never change. But there are difficult times to deal with, especially when we feel that an entire nation is being harmed.”
Portugal face Luxembourg on Tuesday and Ronaldo issued a rallying call. “Lift your head and face the next challenge now,” he added, before concluding, “Come on, Portugal.”
Portugal coach Fernando Santos was equally upset after the game, and insisted that technology needs to be introduced to make sure incidents like these aren't repeated. Santos said, “I’ve been told he [Ronaldo] did not react well. It is the normal frustration of those who score Portugal's winning goal that did not count.”