Piers Morgan leaps to Cristiano Ronaldo’s defence after Portugal star is mocked over teary World Cup exit

PIERS MORGAN has leap to the defence of Cristiano Ronaldo after he was reduced to tears following Portugal’s World Cup exit.

The 37-year-old’s dreams of winning football’s greatest show was ended after his side suffered a shock defeat to Morocco.

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Ronaldo was on the bench for a second game on the bounce, with Goncao Ramos once again preferred up front.

He was introduced in the second half but was unable to cancel out Youssef En-Nesyri’s opener.

Ronaldo’s partner Georgina Rodriguez slammed the decision to leave him out of the team.

On Instagram she said: “Today your friend and coach made a bad decision. That friend for whom you have so many words of admiration and respect.

“The same as when you got into the game, he saw how everything changed, but it was too late.

“The best player in the world, his most powerful weapon, cannot be underestimated.

“You can’t stand up for someone who doesn’t deserve it either. Life gives us lessons.

“Today we have not lost, we have learned.”


Ronaldo was distraught with the result and was crying as he headed down the tunnel.

It’s likely to be his last World Cup because the ex-Manchester United star will be 41 in 2026.

But while many laughed at his reaction, Morgan jumped to his defence.

He said on Twitter: “Very sad to see ⁦⁦@Cristiano⁩ in tears as his dream of winning the World Cup ended.

“Those mocking him should remember what he’s done for football. For me, he’s the – and a great guy who’s had the toughest year of his life on & off the pitch.

“He’s earned our respect.”