[Agony]Cristiano Ronaldo screams in agony after being smashed in face by stray arm as Portugal crash out of
PORTUGAL superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was left floored and screaming in agony after being caught by a flailing arm.
Around 20 minutes into his country’s last-16 clash against Belgium, the Juventus striker was flattened.
5Cristiano Ronaldo clashed with Belgium’s Thomas Meunier early onCredit: Rex
5Ronaldo was flattened by a stray arm in the early stages of Portugal’s clash against BelgiumCredit: EPA
5The Juventus striker appeared to be checking for any bloodCredit: Reuters
Thomas Meunier was the man involved for the Belgians, although it was purely accidental.
But that was no comfort to Ronaldo who was left writhing on the turf clutching his face.
It left ITV commentator for the game Sam Matterface to joke: “No, don’t touch the face!”
Thankfully the former Manchester United man was soon back to his feet, and there was no need for any VAR punishment for Meunier.
Things didn’t get much better for the superstar, 36, as defending champions Portugal crashed out of the tournament.
Thorgan Hazard, brother of Real Madrid’s former Chelsea star Eden, scored the only goal of the game when he cut in from the left and fired a beauty past Rui Patricio in the Portugal goal.
Portugal huffed and puffed in the second half – and were buoyed when both Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard went off injured – but could not find an equaliser.
Raphael Guerreiro hit the post and Ruben Dias saw a powerful header saved before Joao Felix hit wide with the last kick of the game.
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5The 36-year-old checks his jaw is OK after the clashCredit: Rex
5Ronaldo hopes the water will do the trickCredit: Rex
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Cristiano Ronaldo had needed one more goal to overtake Iran legend Ali Daei’s all-time international record of 109 goals.
But in truth he did not have one clear chance, with a long-range free-kick in the first half his best effort at goal.
The former Manchester United ace had broken six records during this tournament but he is now heading home.
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