Cristiano Ronaldo couldn't help but show how angry he was following Portugal's World Cup qualification loss to Serbia, and he directed it straight at manager Fernando Santos.
Portugal were beaten on Sunday night in their final group game, their first loss in 10 games, and it meant they lost out on top spot and will have to go through the play-offs.
Renato Sanches had given the hosts a very early lead in Lisbon but Dusan Tadic equalised just before the half hour mark and Fulham's Aleksandar Mitrovic scored in the 90th minute to send Serbia to their third finals.
Cristiano Ronaldo's reaction after full-time. He looked mad at Fernando Santos. 👀pic.twitter.com/G45ohXNsQh— The CR7 Timeline. (@TimelineCR7) November 14, 2021
🇵🇹 Cristiano Ronaldo was in tears after Portugal lost to a last minute goal against Serbia pic.twitter.com/WHGnsS8WVW— Football Daily (@footballdaily) November 15, 2021
Santos helped Portugal win Euro 2016 but it was Ronaldo who was praised for his co-managing during the final, after the forward had to go off injured early in the game.
The 67-year-old has since over seen his team reach the last 16 at the World Cup in 2018 and the same again at the Euros this summer.
Whilst his defensive football worked for Euro 2016, he has been criticised for not advancing the style with more attacking players who have emerged in recent years.
On Sunday, Ronaldo didn't even register a shot on target, the first time in the campaign that he failed to do so, though he's 'only' scored six times.
The all time leading scorer in men's football can't completely pass the blame on though, as he was accused of ruining a chance for a late equaliser.
With just 90 seconds left of injury time, Portugal fashioned a good attacking move which fell to the former Juventus forward on the edge of the area.
There were three teammates in the box, and one to his left, perfectly placed for a cross, but the 36-year-old instead attempted a ridiculous volley that had next to no chance of going in.
At least he can go back to his club and start enjoying time with his manager...
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