Ronaldo branded a ‘fool’ by Hamann
Cristiano Ronaldo has been labelled a 'fool' by former Liverpool star Didi Hamann in the wake of Portugal's Euro 2020 defeat to Germany.
Things looked bleak for Die Mannschaft after Ronaldo put Portugal 1-0 up in Munich, after just 15 minutes, but a spirited response ensured Germany ended the contest on the right side of the 4-2 score-line.
Ronaldo impressed the crowd with a no-look pass but for Hamann it was belittling the opposition.
Hamann told RTE: "I think it's nonsense, he flicks the ball over, pretends he is going to catch it and backheels it across, and looks away… of course it is [amazing] and we know he can do that… I think, in a way he's belittling the opposition.
"This is at 1-0 and I'm sitting here while you all rave about it. Yes, he is the best, with Messi… He looks a fool now. This is 1-0. He does look the fool," he added.
In fact, Hamann beleived that Germany's comeback may have in part been due to Ronaldo's flick.
"If you ask the German players, they'll tell you now what they thought of it. They would have noticed that.
"I tell you now, all of them will say it may have given us an extra bit of whatever to change things. What is he trying to achieve? Maybe this [Germany comeback] is where it all started."