A four-time world player of the year, Ronaldo is often tipped, alongside Lionel Messi, to be the greatest ever player of all time. However, to the frustration of Ronaldo, the talismanic forward has been regularly criticised for some of his controversial actions on-and-off the pitch. These memes say it all.
5. Ronaldo’s Bust
Famous sculptor Emanuel Santos is the name behind Ronaldo’s bust made to be placed at the Madeira Airport in Ronaldo’s hometown. The bust was unveiled in Ronaldo’s presence in a ceremony where the Airport was relaunched under Ronaldo’s name to honor the island’s most successful man.
However, for Ronaldo, things regarding the bust went horribly wrong as the bust became the center of jokes on the social media for months following the unveiling.
4. Dive against Celta Vigo
Ronaldo gets critics by a majority of football fans for his affinity for going down easily. For a forward with one of the most muscular body structure in the football world, Ronaldo’s dives are embarrassing for both the player and also the sport.
That dive certainly was one of the ridiculous moments of the season.
3. Euro 2004 Final
Portugal’s emotional loss in the Euro 2004 final left Ronaldo weeping on the field; he missed a chance to claim his first ever international trophy. Portugal were the favorites to lift the title in front of the home crowd at Lisbon but Greece overcame their challenge.
Ronaldo, however, made amends for the 2004 loss by winning the 2016 Euro.
Ronaldo’s love for penalty doesn’t go without a mention on social media. The Portuguese seem to rely on spot-kicks to improve his goal tally.
Ironically, Cristiano Ronaldo has missed several spot-kicks for both his club and nation; the most notable being the Champions League semifinal miss against Bayern and the mishap in the Confederations Cup against Chile.
The Real Madrid man is being too arrogant on the field by many fans. Cristiano isn’t the perfect team-player according to many; he doesn’t rely on passing mostly and prefers to do things alone.
Memes also targeted Cristiano when he self-announced himself as the ”best player in the last 20 years”