In November 2010, Cristiano Ronaldo scored the best goal of his career in a friendly between Portugal and Spain. Yes, in 2010 and when he was already 25 years old, in full bloom, on his Real Madrid debut. It was a spectacular goal against the new world champions but everything was ruined. Or rather, someone screwed it up.
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“The guilty” was a colleague of his, Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha, also known as Nani. Cristiano started from the left as usual, beating Pique with speed, beating Puyol and when he had a millimeter of space, he sent the ball to Casillas, his Madrid teammate. It was a success. And he even celebrated it.
The best no goal of Cristiano’s career
But moments later he was furious. The referee signaled offside. By whom? It was from Nani, the last to touch the ball while it was still in the air and hadn’t gotten inside. If Nani hadn’t touched it, it would have been a legal goal.
But no. And Christian exploded, as can be seen in the video. The game is famous and marked by the Manchester United player apologizing for years, including 2020.
“I think he was mad at the referee”said Nani in a podcast: “Everyone got it wrong, he (Cristiano) was angry with the referee because the ball was already in and they made a wrong decision. Imagine if the ball didn’t do it. I hadn’t stepped on it and I didn’t touch it. I wasn’t touched when you see the video. Obviously I had no intention of denying him the goal. I told him at the time that I was sorry because he was a beautiful goal.
Cristiano Ronaldo exploded after the goal was annulled
Nani continued: “For me that gate still exists, just cut off the part where I touch the ball. Thank goodness he doesn’t need that purpose to be who he is. He has so many goals to choose from and is enjoying his career.”
However, part of the blame lies with the forward, who has been a great teammate for CR7 throughout his career with the Portugal national team. In an interview for Oh My Goal in 2019, Nani felt guilty.
“There was a time when I was going too fast. That’s not an excuse because after I saw it I was like, ‘Wow, what a mistake I made.’ Because I scored a beautiful goal, one of the most beautiful goals. needs this goal. He can choose more than one. I scored a great goal in a fantastic game against Spain. The goal is still there for me. I wasn’t moved and the ball was already in.
What happened to Cristiano afterwards?
Well, as we wrote above, Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani were great teammates, first at United and in the Portugal squad for many years:
“I told him I was wrong. I should have thrown my head back or something. But I was so slow, everything was so fast that I touched the ball. But no one will understand it that way. They will only say that I spoiled Cristiano’s goal. But like I said, Cristiano doesn’t need that goal because he has everything. in life he has won everything. It is not because of this goal that he will stop being the best in the world.”