Cristiano Ronaldo has said he will 'always give his all' for Portugal after throwing down his captain's armband at the end of Portugal's controversial draw with Serbia.
On Saturday night, Ronaldo and his fellow countrymen were held to a 2-2 draw by Serbia, despite going two goals ahead, in their World Cup qualifier.
Serbia went down to 10 men in the 92nd minute when Nikola Milenkovic was sent off and just a minute later it looked like Ronaldo had won the game.
The Juventus striker slotted home from an angle, with the keeper off his line, the ball crossed the line before it was cleared but, with no goal line technology or VAR in the qualifiers, the goal wasn't given.
In his anger Ronaldo got himself booked and at full time threw his captain's armband to the ground, which drew criticism. Now the Portugal captain has spoken out on Instagram.
"Being captain of the Portugal national team is one of the greatest honours and privileges of my life," the 36-year-old wrote.
"I give and will always give my all for my country, that will never change.
"But there are difficult moments to cope with, especially when we feel like an entire nation is being harmed. Head up and face the next challenge! Come on Portugal!"
Cristiano Ronaldo is FUMING! :rage:- Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) March 28, 2021
Portugal's captain stormed off the pitch and threw his armband on the floor after he was denied a last-minute winner against Serbia...:flushed:pic.twitter.com/BlwK9Dlque
The former Real Madrid forward had been criticised for throwing the armband on the ground, being called disrespectful, with some fans even questioning his captaincy.
Ronaldo is currently trying to chase down Ali Daei's record for the most international goals of all time, which currently stands at 109.
The Portugal forward is currently on 102 goals and hasn't scored in his previous four games for the reigning European champions, including earlier this week against Azerbaijan.
Diogo Jota put Portugal ahead with a brace on Saturday before goals from Aleksandar Mitrovic, fresh from his incredible goal vs Ireland, and Filip Kostic got Serbia level.
The prevailing image from the game though will be Ronaldo's anger at the goal not given, suddenly technology isn't looking all that bad...