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Cristiano Ronaldo had a moment of madness before missing his penalty against Ireland on a night that he became the all-time leading goal-scorer in men's international football.
Ronaldo surpassed Iran's Ali Daei with a goal in the 89th minute before bagging his 111th international goal in stoppage time to beat Ireland 2-1 in their World Cup qualifier on Wednesday.
He left it late to break the record and secure three points for Portugal.
Ronaldo could have actually broke Daei's record in the opening stages of the game when his side were awarded a spot kick.
And as he placed the ball on the spot, Ireland's Dara O'Shea kicked the ball away which prompted an angry reaction.
"He probably shouldn't raise his arms but it's nothing dangerous."- Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) September 2, 2021
Was Cristiano Ronaldo fortunate to stay on the pitch after raising his hands to Dara O'Shea before he missed his first-half penalty? :eyes: pic.twitter.com/tvAvSV1o7Z
The 36-year-old slapped the West Brom defender who hit the ground, with the match referee taking no action against the forward.
19-year-old Gavin Bazunu went onto save Ronaldo's penalty, but the five-time Ballon d'Or winner had the last laugh as he scored two later headers.
Though fans online reckon Ronaldo shouldn't have been on the pitch after striking O'Shea.
Can't believe they didn't look back at Ronaldo slapping O'Shea. Guarantee if it was opposite way around it be checked and a straight red within seconds.
- TD (@_JTD28) September 1, 2021
Ronaldo punched a player. Not only has he not been sent off but they have only showed one replay of it. #PORIRL
- Rory Monaghan (@Rorymon) September 1, 2021
Did Ronaldo just slap a player Lmfaooooo
- Segun (@AJ_segun) September 1, 2021
Grounds for serious complaints about that ref and VAR
- Failing to review the Ronaldo slap/punch
- Failing to check the Connolly pen incident
- Pointless pen check at the end that resulted in the time for the 2nd goal
That @FAIreland team had a great performance tonight #PORIRL
- Mark Gordon (@TheHumanOnion) September 1, 2021
Fifa referees allowing Ronaldo to freely slap other players. Hmm
- Teflon:alien::joy: (@Tef_lon_don) September 1, 2021
Was Ronaldo lucky to avoid a red card? Let us know.