Cristiano Ronaldo showed his sportmanship traits yet again, as he expressed disappointments over Lionel Messi’s Copa America lose.
After missing a penalty in the Copa America final as Argentina fell agonisingly short against Chile, Messi decided to call time on his international career. It was the fourth defeat in a major international tournament for the Barcelona man, providing rare blemishes on an otherwise immaculate CV.
The personal rivalry between Ronaldo and his Barcelona counterpart is well known, with the two seemingly locked in two-man duel for individual pre-eminence in world football in recent year.
For Messi it was a fourth time he had lost out in a major international final – but Ronaldo has said he has been hurt himself at seeing the Barcelona hero’s dismay.
“He is not accustomed to defeats and disappointments, not even [finishing] second. Missing a penalty does not make you a bad player.
Ronaldo was speaking ahead of Portugal’s Euro 2016 semi-final against Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale’s Wales side.
Ronaldo himself has suffered international final heartbreak after Portugal lost to Greece on home soil at Euro 2004.