Emmanuel Adebayor, the former Arsenal and Manchester City striker, has voiced his empathy for Cristiano Ronaldo following the Portuguese star’s emotional reaction to missing a penalty at Euro 2024.

Ronaldo, known for his resilience and prowess, was visibly upset after failing to convert a penalty during Portugal’s Round of 16 match against Slovenia. His reaction sparked a wave of support and understanding from fans and fellow players alike.


Speaking about Ronaldo’s emotional display, Adebayor, who played alongside Ronaldo at Real Madrid, expressed deep sympathy (as reported by the Al Nassr Zone):

“Taking a penalty for your country is a huge responsibility, especially when you’re Cristiano Ronaldo and the entire nation’s eyes are on you. Emotionally, Cristiano has every reason to feel the way he did. If you’re not a footballer, it’s hard to grasp the pressure and emotions involved,” Adebayor remarked.

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Ronaldo, known for his leadership and dedication, will look to bounce back as he leads Portugal into a crucial Euro 2024 quarter-final clash against France on Friday. His resilience and determination are expected to be pivotal as Portugal aims for a spot in the semi-finals of the prestigious tournament.