Cristiano Ronaldo's long list of football meltdowns after Portugal Serbia fury


Cristiano Ronaldo has forever been a player who wears his heart on his sleeve and is unapologetically passionate.

It’s what makes him and all-time great and a devastating winning machine.

It is, however, the same reason why he has many a meltdown in front of the watching eyes of millions around the world.

In the last week the latest episode in Ronaldo’s football fury was broadcast, just as Portugal concluded their World Cup qualifying clash with Serbia.

Cristiano Ronaldo boiled over against Serbia after his late goal against Serbia was not given

Cristiano Ronaldo boiled over against Serbia after his late goal against Serbia was not given

Ronaldo beat Serbia keeper Marko Dmitrovic to a long ball and side-footed it towards goal

Ronaldo beat Serbia keeper Marko Dmitrovic to a long ball and side-footed it towards goal

Ronaldo hit an effort towards goal and it looked in, but the officials said it had not gone over

Ronaldo hit an effort towards goal and it looked in, but the officials said it had not gone over

Ronaldo, as he has done so many times before, was poised to win the game in the dying moments for his nation after rounding the goalkeeper and slotting the ball into an open goal.

Cameras around the stadium picked up the ball going over the line, yet the referee – without the assistance of technology – thought otherwise.

The goal was chalked off and Ronaldo almost burst blood vessels in his fury. The veteran star tore off his captain’s armband, threw it to the turf and stormed off the pitch. 

The referee later apologised for his error of judgement, though Ronaldo remained rightly seething.

If anything it showed the passion is most certainly still there. Ronaldo has boiled over time and time again before. Sportsmail took a look back at the most high profile cases…

Derby despair

In Ronaldo’s final season for United he played and scored against Manchester City in the local derby before being removed just before the hour mark.

It’s safe to say he absolutely despised it.

Ronaldo is a player who wants to be involved in every match, and be the star attraction.

Having already scored, everything was going to plan for the forward.

It was derby day, the sun was high in the sky and United were on course to win courtesy of his exploits yet again. So, to see his number seven held up on the fourth official’s board was a bitter shock to the system.

After being subbed in a Manchester derby in which he had already scored, Ronaldo imploded

After being subbed in a Manchester derby in which he had already scored, Ronaldo imploded

It was a tactical decision, of course. United remained in contention for the Champions League and manager Sir Alex Ferguson clearly felt Ronaldo could do with a rest.

That sort of thing isn’t in Ronaldo’s rulebook though. He was at the time chasing the golden boot and wanted to continue his dominance in English football and see as many records as possible fall before moving on.

After crossing the touchline Ronaldo snatched a jacket before hurling it down on the United bench.

He then looked somewhat teary, before shaking his head and furiously rubbing his eyes and forehead.

Note to all managers – don’t substitute Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Fury at Nani

Ronaldo takes great pride in strutting his stuff for Portugal, so when a bonafide wondergoal was taken away from him he was incensed.

The incident came during Portugal’s 4-0 mauling of then World Champions Spain, in 2010, and would lead to a very awkward exchange with his former Manchester United team-mate Nani.

The winger even went as a far as offering a public apology to Ronaldo in the aftermath for stealing his glory.

Ronaldo embarked on a dazzling run and Spain players simply couldn't get near him

Ronaldo embarked on a dazzling run and Spain players simply couldn’t get near him

A delicate lob set up what was destined to be a goal for the ages

But then in came Nani at the back post with a header

A delicate lob set up what was destined to be a goal for the ages, but then in came Nani

As the strike was ruled out Ronaldo was livid and once again slammed down his armband

As the strike was ruled out Ronaldo was livid and once again slammed down his armband

Ronaldo had danced through the Spain defence with magic feet. The spellbinding move left the world in awe and a stadium full of spectators with mouths agape.

It was effortless, and Ronaldo finished the move with an audacious scoop over the goalkeeper Iker Casillas’ head.

Yet, as it dropped and was about to cross the line, in came Nani with a needless header to void the entire move due to being in an offside position.

Ronaldo initially celebrated… but he knew.

As soon as the linesman raised his flag the Portuguese talisman span on the spot while viciously punching the air, before turning around and addressing Nani directly.

The fury in his eyes was more than apparent, despite the match being well in Portugal’s favour and only being a supposed friendly. 

Hungary horrorshow

Conceding to Hungary at EURO 2016 simply tipped Ronaldo over the edge.

The match was poised at 2-2 on the 55 minute mark as a long range effort plunged into the back of the Portugal net.

Ronaldo was clearly furious that his side had emerged from the half-time interval and conceded so quickly in such a needless manner.

After getting Portugal back into the lead Ronaldo was spitting feathers after Hungary scored

After getting Portugal back into the lead Ronaldo was spitting feathers after Hungary scored

Just five minutes earlier Ronaldo himself had scored to put Portugal level, after Zoltan Gera had opened the scoring on 16 minutes and Balazs Dzsudzsak had also found the back of the net.

The meltdown he endured on the pitch was beamed worldwide. A red mist descended and Ronaldo again began to punch the air furiously while screaming into the abyss.

He would go on to score again in the match, though Portugal would ultimately draw the group stage tie, which everyone expected them to win, 3-3. 

Sizzling selfishness

A incident in Madrid lives long in the memory, when Ronaldo’s fury peaked through on the field… despite his team having just scored.

In extraordinary scenes, Ronaldo was clearly livid that defender Alvaro Arbeloa had scored instead of him from close range.

It was Arbeloa’s first goal of the season for Real Madrid, but Ronaldo quickly took the shine off it with his petulance.

The LaLiga match, played against Almeria in 2015, was won comfortably 3-0 by Madrid but Ronaldo felt short-changed after waiting to tap the ball into an open goal.

Ronaldo was waiting to tap the ball in against Almeira but Alvaro Arbeloa got their before him

Ronaldo was waiting to tap the ball in against Almeira but Alvaro Arbeloa got their before him

Furious because he was chasing the golden boot, Ronaldo lashed the ball into the netting

Furious because he was chasing the golden boot, Ronaldo lashed the ball into the netting

The fact that Arbeloa got there before him angered the star forward, and his fury could be seen during the celebrations that followed.

Ronaldo hammered the ball into the netting after the goal had gone in, before walking away from the rest of his team-mates, who quickly mobbed former Liverpool man Arbeloa.

With his face scrunched up, Ronaldo returned to the halfway line. As was the norm, Ronaldo was chasing his rival Lionel Messi for the golden boot as the season reached its final weeks, hence it meaning so much to him.

After the match Arbeloa said: ‘I’m not upset about Cristiano’s gesture.

‘It’s normal that he should be angry, he didn’t score and his ambition is always to score.’

Seeing red in Bilbao

After being kicked up and down the pitch all game, Ronaldo snapped.

He knew he was the best player in the stadium and the treatment he was receiving was – in his mind – quite ridiculous.

Bilbao had just equalised minutes before Ronaldo took issue with a foul and then raised his hands when confronted by Ander Iturraspe, who quickly got up in his face to antagonise him.

It was exactly the reaction the Bilbao man had been hoping for. 

After being sent off against Bilbao Ronaldo could only laugh, which quickly turned to rage

After being sent off against Bilbao Ronaldo could only laugh, which quickly turned to rage

Ronaldo was sent-off for the incident while the Bilbao star escaped with a yellow card, with tempers boiling over on the pitch as a result.

Such was his anger and disbelief at what was happening, Ronaldo could only smile. Later, down the tunnel, he would hurl his boots into a wall. 

Madrid would go on to drop points in a year that Atletico Madrid claimed the title on the final day of the season.

European marching orders

Ronaldo may have his faults and let his temper get the better of him, but he always – always – brings his A-game to the Champions League.

That is why this incident was so shocking.

Ronaldo allowed indiscipline to get the better of him and was flashed the red card for Juventus against Valenica.

It was absolutely not how the script was supposed to go.

Juventus broke the bank to bring Ronaldo to Turin, despite his ageing years, simply because he was Mr European Football.

Ronaldo was on the verge of tears and was even comforted by Valencia boss Marcelino

Ronaldo was on the verge of tears and was even comforted by Valencia boss Marcelino

Ronaldo adores the Champions League and is the competition’s all-time top goalscorer.

So, when he was carelessly dismissed against the Spanish side for pulling Jeison Murillo’s hair, he was livid.

At first he couldn’t quite believe it, and then had to be restrained by team-mates once the realisation set in. 

After leaving the field Ronaldo stopped on the touchline appearing to be in tears, and was even comforted by Valencia’s Spanish coach Marcelino Garcia Toral.

Ronaldo had scored in the game, from the penalty spot, and Juve saw out the match 2-0 after Miralem Pjanic also slotted home from 12-yards. Ronaldo even ended up having the card rescinded.

Still, the fact it almost cost his side progression in his beloved Champions League very nearly pushed Ronaldo right over the edge. 

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