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Cristiano Ronaldo met with 'MESSI!' chants in the stands after missing big chance vs South Korea

Josh Lawless

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Cristiano Ronaldo met with 'MESSI!' chants in the stands after missing big chance vs South Korea

Cristiano Ronaldo was trolled with chants for Lionel Messi from the stands after missing a chance against South Korea.

Portugal surrendered one goal against South Korea in their final group game, where Hwang Hee-chan scored a dramatic 91st minute winner that sent his country through to the knockouts.

Having tried to claim he got a touch on Bruno Fernandes' cross against Uruguay, Ronaldo went a second game without scoring despite having a few chances in front of goal.

One came when the ball rebounded to him from a long-range strike but he could only head wide. Ronaldo was on his knees on the pitch and met with 'loud 'MESSI!' taunts from those behind the goal.

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Ronaldo has been subjected to those chants before - ironically in Korea when he didn't play in a friendly where 65,000 fans had turned up.

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Something tell us the 37-year-old won't have been best pleased on Friday, however.

Although Portugal qualified for the knockout stages as group winners, he was visibly angry after being substituted in the 65th minute.

There was talk that he had a disagreement with manager Fernando Santos but Ronaldo says he was involved in a heated exchange with South Korea's hotshot striker Cho Gue-sung, who had hurried him off the pitch.

Image: Alamy
Image: Alamy
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“What happened was before my substitution, the South Korea player told me to get off quickly, Ronaldo told Portuguese reporters, as per ESPN.I told him to shut up as he doesn’t have that authority. There was no disagreement (with the coach).

Santos also offered the same explanation for why Ronaldo looked furious.

"The player from Korea was insulting him telling him to go away, so that is the reason why he was angry, everyone saw that," Santos stated.

"I saw the interaction with the Korea player and I don't have any doubts about it and if you see the images you see Pepe went towards the Korea player."

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Portugal take on Switzerland in the last 16 on Tuesday, where Ronaldo will be looking to equal Eusebio's World Cup goals tally of nine.

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@mo7mmed_awadh

Topics: South Korea, Football World Cup, Portugal, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo

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