UNITED KINGDOM, Aug 6 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has accused Cristiano Ronaldo of ‘losing emotional control’ during Portugal’s Euro 2016 Final win over France.
Ronaldo, who was substituted early on in the contest with a knee injury, was later seen manically gesturing to his teammates from the sidelines.
A Seleção eventually triumphed after a late Eder strike was enough to overcome the tournament’s hosts, but Ronaldo’s antics on the sidelines did not go down well with some critics.
Former Benfica and Portugal star Antonio Simoes was critical of Ronaldo, and Mourinho has agreed that the Real Madrid star’s ‘overload of emotion’ did not benefit his side.
He told Sport TV: “There were 11 players on the pitch doing their job, and the person in charge of them was the coach. I looked at it as an overload of emotion.”
Mourinho added: “He lost a little emotional control, although that’s not a bad thing. I think the 11 who were there in those four or five minutes were totally focused on what they were doing, they had full control of the situation.
“But my experience has told me that, in these moments, when important decisions might need to be made, the players are lost in their own little worlds.”
Ronaldo did not always enjoy a smooth relationship with the 53-year-old during the three seasons they spent together at Madrid.