Cristiano Ronaldo’s incompetence proved Portugal’s downfall as it crashed out of Euro 2020


Cristiano Ronaldo’s woeful record from free-kicks at major international tournaments continued as reigning champion Portugal was knocked out of Euro 2020 by Belgium.

The 36-year-old forward took and missed two direct free-kicks as Fernando Santos’ side was beaten 1-0 in the last-16 on Sunday night.

Ronaldo’s first dead ball effort was a comfortable save for Belgium keeper Thibaut Courtois, while his second – which was taken from a perfect position just outside the penalty area – crashed into the wall.

The Juventus forward has now taken 28 direct free-kicks at the European championships since making his tournament debut in 2004 – at least four times more than any other player during the same period – and has scored none.

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