CRISTIANO RONALDO was the target of an astonishing attack from Dietmar Hamann as the German praised Morocco’s “dignity in defeat”.
Ronaldo and Portugal were dumped out of the World Cup in the quarter-finals after a shock loss to Morocco.
Dietmar Hamann launched an astonishing attack on Cristiano Ronaldo
The axed Manchester United star left the field in tears but was slammed for not congratulating the victors.
France eventually knocked Morocco out, denying them a place in Sunday’s final against Argentina.
And Liverpool legend Hamann hailed Morocco for how they handled defeat while aiming a dig at Ronaldo.
He said on RTE: “You talk about these superstars, top earners, top players, and one of the greatest players, who left the scene about a week ago, in Ronaldo.
“He couldn’t even congratulate them, after the game.
“Morocco won that game, they did something historic, and he didn’t even have the dignity to congratulate them for what they had achieved.
“And now you watch them, and how they shake hands with the French, and the dignity and graciousness they show in defeat. Brilliant.”
Morocco became the first African side to reach a World Cup semi-final but lost 2-0 to France, who face Argentina in the final.
Meanwhile Ronaldo, 37, broke his silence this week after Portugal’s exit in Qatar.
He posted online: “Winning a World Cup for Portugal was the biggest and most ambitious dream of my career.
“Fortunately, I won many titles of international dimension, including for Portugal, but putting the name of our country on the highest level in the world was my biggest dream.
“I fought for it. I fought hard for this dream. In the 5 appearances that I scored in World Cups over 16 years, always alongside great players and supported by millions of Portuguese people, I gave my all.
“I left everything on the field. I never turned my face to the fight and I never gave up on that dream.
“Unfortunately, yesterday the dream ended. It is not worth reacting to heat.”
GettyCristiano Ronaldo in tears after defeat to Morocco[/caption]