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“I couldn’t play football”, “Sending bulletins on Instagram”: Mexican journalist criticizes Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodríguez

Mexican journalist David Faitelson has criticized Cristiano Ronaldo for his performances at the 2022 FIFA World Cup and his partner Georgina Rodríguez for airing her opinion on Instagram. The journalist’s comments came after Portugal were knocked out of the 2022 FIFA World Cup following a 1-0 loss to Morocco in the quarterfinals.

Cristiano Ronaldo endured a lackluster tournament in Qatar, scoring just once in five appearances. Portugal coach Fernando Santos left the 37-year-old out of the knockout games against Switzerland and Morocco, only bringing him on in the second half.

Ronaldo’s family, including his two sisters Elma Aveiro and Katia Aveiro, as well as his partner Georgina Rodríguez, questioned Santos’ decision to bench the superstar. They claimed that Ronaldo was treated harshly and deserved more respect.

However, Faitelson disagreed, stating that the former Manchester United star did not live up to his expectations. He said (h/t Mark):

“But who has tried [Ronaldo] seriously?”

“Oh God. He couldn’t play football, he would wince every time he was taken off the field.”

Faitelson later put Georgina Rodríguez on trial for using her Instagram account to question calls from managers.

“The woman [Georgina Rodriguez] he was dedicated to sending newsletters through Instagram, “he added.

Finally, the Mexican journalist stated that Portugal played better without Ronaldo and added that they reached the quarterfinals without his help.

“Let’s be serious, Mr. Fernando Santos made a decision and reached the quarterfinals without Cristiano Ronaldo,” he said.

“If you want the World Cup to be tributes, go to Mexico. There they pay tribute to the players in each World Cup”.

Dietmar Hamann criticizes Cristiano Ronaldo for not congratulating Morocco after historic victory

Former Liverpool player Dietmar “Didi” Hamann has criticized Ronaldo for his unsportsmanlike behavior following Portugal’s quarter-final loss to Morocco. Hamann claimed that Ronaldo should have congratulated Morocco after they became the first African team to qualify for the FIFA World Cup semi-finals instead of running through the tunnel.

Impressed with Morocco’s sportsmanship after France defeated them 2-0 in the semifinals, Hamann said (via JOE):

“You talk about these superstars, the top earners, the best players and one of the best players, who left the scene a week ago, in Ronaldo. He couldn’t even congratulate them, after the game.

“Morocco won that match, they did something historic, and he didn’t even have the dignity to congratulate them on what they had achieved. And now look at them, and how they shake hands with the French, and the dignity and kindness they show in defeat. Sparkly.”

Having mutually terminated his contract with Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo is currently in limbo. He was heavily linked with a big-money move to Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr, but has recently denied such reports.

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