Originally written on Top-soCCer  |  Last updated 11/16/14
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Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has come under some stern fire from soccer critics, as fingers have been pointed at him in the fall out of Portugal’s exit from Euro 2012. After a stalemate in their semi final encounter against defending European and World Champions Spain, and with extra time failing to produce a winner, the match was sent to a penalty shoot out. A penalty shoot out in which Ronaldo, the man Portugal were looking to to make a difference in the match, didn’t even get to take a spot kick. Paulo Bento, coach of the Portuguese national side, said that their plans had always been to put their star player and captain, Cristiano Ronaldo in as the fifth penalty taker. As Portugal missed two kicks from the spot, Spain converted their chances and Ronaldo did not get the chance to step up to the plate and make his mark for his country. Questions will continue to be asked about Ronaldo’s role in the penalty shoot out. Why, as a captain, would he not have stepped up to take the f...
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