Euro 2024: Czech Republic Star Opens Up About Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘Disrespectful’ Celebration

Euro 2024: Czech Republic Star Opens Up About Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘Disrespectful’ Celebration

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
June 20, 2024 at 6:32 PM
In this article:
Cristiano Ronaldo logo
C. Ronaldo
Al Nassr FC logoFPortugal logo
Tomáš Holeš logo
T. Holeš
Slavia Praha logoMCzech Republic logo
Portugal logo
Czech logo
Czech Republic
UEFA European Championship logo
  • Tomas Holes has weighed in on Cristiano Ronaldo's celebration after Portugals's late winner against the Czech Republic
  • Ronaldo hit a 'disrespectful' celebration in front of the Czechia goalkeeper after Francisco Conceicao's last-gasp strike
  • Holes' Czechia will face Georgia in the next round of games on June 22, while Portugal square off against Turkey on the same day

PAY ATTENTION: Checkout Fixtures; Live Scores; Results and Tables section on Sports Brief and never miss out on the action ⚽️

Czech Republic star, Tomas Holes, has shared his thoughts on Cristiano Ronaldo's 'disrespectful' celebration following Portugal's match-winning goal at the ongoing 2024 Euros on Tuesday, June 18.

The 1996 runners-up held their ground against one of the pre-tournament favourites for most of their Group F opener.

Tomas Holes, Cristiano Ronaldo, Czechia, Czech Republic, goalkeeper, Euro 2024, Group F, Francisco Conceicao, disrespectful.
Czechia defender, Tomas Holes, believes Cristiano Ronaldo's celebration was born out of emotions. Photos by Gabriel Bouys and Richard Sellers/Allstar.
Source: Getty Images

However, they eventually conceded to a last-minute strike from Francisco Conceicao, succumbing to a heartbreaking 2-1 defeat at full-time, The Guardian reports.

Conceicao, who had just come off the bench, scored within two minutes with a low drive inside the box during stoppage time, securing Portugal's comeback victory.

The FC Porto youngster's goal sparked unbridled joy among the entire Selecao team, including talisman Ronaldo, who was visibly vibrant with his celebration.

CR7, present in the box at the time of the goal, appeared to taunt Czech goalkeeper Jindrich Stanek, who was distraught about conceding the late winner despite putting up a valiant display.

Cristiano's actions have been criticised by fans and pundits alike for lacking class.

Czechia star reflects on Ronaldo's celebration

Reflecting on the incident, Holes, who was substituted shortly after the goal, mentioned that he and his teammates discussed it in the dressing room.

The Slavia Prague defender suggested he understood Ronaldo's 'cold' celebration, attributing it to a 'wave of emotion' during the intense match at the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig.

“We talked about it. There was not as much respect as we imagined," he said, as cited by The NassrZone.
"I think it was a difficult game for him as well when they managed to turn the score around like that. I understand the wave of emotions.”

Ronaldo lauded by ex-Spain star Fabregas

Meanwhile, former Spain international Cesc Fabregas has lauded Cristiano Ronaldo's performance at the 2024 European Championship in Germany, according to Sports Brief.

Although the 39-year-old forward didn't score in Portugal's opening match against the Czech Republic, he was instrumental in their dramatic comeback victory.

Fabregas, now a BBC pundit for Euro 2024, asserts that Ronaldo's gameplay has evolved and improved over the years.

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe photo
Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.