Former Portugal star blasts Cristiano Ronaldo for slamming armband during World Cup qualifier vs Serbia

Former Portugal star blasts Cristiano Ronaldo for slamming armband during World Cup qualifier vs Serbia

- Ex-Portugal defender Fernando Meira is not satisfied with Cristiano Ronaldo's actions during Serbia 2-2 draw

- The winger slammed his captain armband on the pitch while walking off before the final whistle

- Meira insisted that Ronaldo has the right to lament bad officiating but added that it was not good enough for the team

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been subjected to heavy criticism following his outburst towards the end of Portugal's 2-2 draw against Serbia last weekend.

The 36-year-old walked out of the pitch moments before the final whistle after his 90+4 minutes goal was now acknowledged by the officials.

While heading straight into the dressing room, the Juventus forward slammed his captain armband just by the touchline and shaking his head at the same time.

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Although the Dutch referee who handled the match was said to have apologised for the embarrassing display in the match, some, however, believe Ronaldo's actions were disrespectful.

Former Portugal star blasts Cristiano Ronaldo for slamming armband during outburst in Serbia draw
Cristiano Ronaldo disappointing with officiating of Serbia vs Portugal's World Cup qualifier. Photo by pedja milosavljevic / AFP
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Former Portugal defender Fernando Meira reveals that he was disappointed with the five-time Champions League winner's actions according to Soccer Laduma. he said:

"Cristiano's reaction is natural, but it is not acceptable for a national team captain.
"He cannot throw the armband on the ground and go to the locker room while the game continues. it is not acceptable for a player of his importance.
"I understand his frustration and I agree with him because his goal was valid, but the referees have to make decisions, without VAR, and he has to set an example. The example he set last night wasn't good enough."

After regaining his cool, Ronaldo took to social media to react to the ugly event that led to him storming out of the pitch in anger, saying it is one of his greatest achievements to wear the band.

Portugal return to action on Tuesday, March 30 against Luxembourg in one of their World Cup qualifiers. earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo was left devastatingly angry after his late winner for Portugal vs Serbia was not counted.

The 36-year-old forward stormed off the pitch in the last moment of the game after his only goal of the meeting was overlooked by Dutch referee Danny Makkelie in the 90+4 minutes.

Furious Ronaldo slammed his captain armband by the touchline before walking straight into the dressing room while expressing his dissatisfaction towards the officiating.