Cristiano Ronaldo’s rise from the lanky youngster who caught the attention of Sir Alex Ferguson to one of the greatest players of all time has been simply magical. The number of records he has broken and the number of individual he has won is almost unbelievable and there are times when fans are left to wonder, is there anything that the Portuguese superstar is not capable of doing on a football pitch.
It was the fifth time Ronaldo has missed a penalty this season and he has now failed with four of his last five efforts. Never before in a season has he missed more than three.
Ronaldo is one of the most prolific goal scorers ever in the history of the game and the way the Real Madrid talisman constantly keeps finding the back of the net is astounding. A small portion of those goals comes from penalties and the former Manchester United player is one of the most reliable penalty takers in Europe. However, there have been instances where Ronaldo has missed the all important kick from 12-yards, which often reminds fans that the 31-year-old is still human.
A few of those misses came at crucial moments and has cost his side dearly. This piece mentions 5 of the biggest penalty misses of the Portuguese superstar’s career.
#5 vs Barcelona, 23rd April 2008
The UEFA Euro 2016 witnessed Portugal finally end their long wait for a major trophy when they beat the hosts France in the final. But at one stage of the tournament, it was doubtful if Portugal would even make it past the group stages as they drew their first two games.
At that stage of the competition, a few eyebrows were raised over Portugal’s captain and talisman. With the team struggling to create much from open play, Cristiano Ronaldo as he blew the chance to collect all three points against Austria when the 31-year-old couldn’t convert a spot-kick which was awarded when Austria defender Martin Hinteregger fouled him inside the box.
#3 vs Valencia, 9th May 2015
The race for the 2014-15 La Liga title was yet another close run affair between Real Madrid and Barcelona and after 35 games, only two points separated the two sides in favour of the Catalan giants.
Real Madrid knew that to stand a chance of taking the trophy home, they had to win all three of their remaining games the first of which was a home game against Valencia. However, things didn’t go according to plans for the Real against Los Che, as the visitors found themselves with a 2-0 lead after just 26 minutes into the game. Real, who had already hit the woodwork thrice in the first half, were handed a lifeline just before the half time break when Gareth Bale was brought down inside the box.
#2 vs Chelsea, 21st May 2008
#1 vs Bayern Munich, 25th April 2012
It was Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid vs Jupp Heynckes’ Bayern Munich in one of semis of the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League. The scoreboard showed 2-1 at the end of both legs and penalties were inevitable.
David Alaba converted Bayern’s first kick and it was Ronaldo who was handed the duty to take Real’s first kick of the shootout. The four-time Ballon d’Or winner, who had scored twice in normal time, couldn’t convert his spot kick as Manuel Neuer tipped away his attempt. Kaka and Sergio Ramos also failed to convert their penalties and it turned to be a night to forget for the Santiago Bernabeu faithful as the Los Blancos were knocked out by the German club.