Petulant: Football Fans Have Their Say on Cristiano Ronaldo's Substitution Reaction

Petulant: Football Fans Have Their Say on Cristiano Ronaldo's Substitution Reaction

Keba Mothoagae
updated at August 9, 2023 at 9:30 AM
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  • Cristiano Ronaldo was visibly upset after being surprisingly substituted in Manchester United's 3-1 over Brentford in the Premier League
  • Manager Ralf Rangnick explained that he took the Portuguese striker off as a precautionary measure, dismissing his behaviour as something normal
  • Football observers were evenly divided on the matter, some praising Ronaldo for his hunger with others describing him as unprofessional

Football fans at home and abroad have given a myriad of positive and negative opinions about the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo's reaction to being substituted unexpectedly last.

The headline-grabbing incident occurred during Manchester United's 3-1 away win against Brentford in the Premier League. Manager Ralf Rangnick decided to to replace Ronaldo with Harry Maguire in the 71st minute of the encounter.

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Ralf Rangnick, Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire. Image source: Ben Stansall/Getty Images
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As per Sky Sports, Rangnick explained that he took the Portuguese striker off, because he'd only just returned from injury and needed to be preserved for the weekend. The BBC also reported that Rangnick dismissed Ronaldo's sulking was perfectly "normal" for a player who loves scoring.

The football was atwitter with back-and-forths about whether Ronaldo's behaviour was professional or not.

@GasantAbarder said:

"Ronaldo being his petulant self again. Terrible to see."

@TomMUFC8 said:

"Ronaldo storms past Fergie & throws jacket = elite mentality. Ronaldo in Madrid, kicks water bottles over and blasts everyone in sight = elite mentality. Now - Ronaldo mutters a few things (like most players but cameras aren’t fixed on them) = a sook & no good for the team #mufc"

@BuwaFred said:

"Experts think it's "outrageous" that he was mad. Obviously haven't seen Ronaldo been subbed off before. He wants to play every minute of every game. Of course he's mad. It's called passion."

Manchester United told to get rid of five players

Sports Brief earlier reported that former Chelsea and Celtic midfielder Craig Burley advised Manchester United to get rid of five first-team players as they are not good enough.

The Red Devils have endured a poor run of form this season, with interim boss Ralf Rangnick also struggling to steady the ship at Old Trafford.

According to the former midfielder, the quintet of Victor Lindelof, Fred, Nemanja Matic, Alex Telles, and Diogo Dalot has to be moved on.

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