Alvaro Morata has revealed he and his family members have received death threats following his poor form for Spain at Euro 2020.
Morata has been criticised by fans and pundits for his poor form throughout the Euros, with Luis Enrique’s team only qualifying from the groups following their win over Slovakia, which was helped by Martin Dubravka’s shocking own goal..
The Juventus striker missed easy chances in both the games against Sweden and Poland, including a rebound from a penalty, and then missed a spot kick of his own at 0-0 against Slovakia.
The 28-year-old has revealed that he had a sleepless night following the Poland game, after the abuse he received turned into death threats against him, his wife and their children.
“I understand that I am criticised because I have not scored a goal, but I wish people would put themselves in the place
“Every time I get to the dressing room, my phone goes somewhere else. What bothers me is that they tell my wife, that they tell my children. They tell them everything.
“I didn’t sleep at all these past few days, because of the adrenaline. I’m very happy, but it bothers me not to do my job well. The fans whistled at me before warming up, but I’m happy to take the penalty (against Slovakia) and have missed it.”
Following the Poland game, Morata hit out at fans after the Poland game, after they had criticising him even before the tournament, with fans chanting “Morata, how bad you are,” during the 0-0 friendly draw with Portugal.
After the Poland draw, the striker said, “In Spain, giving an opinion is free.” Asked to explain that comment, he said, “I said it with anger for having drawn in a European Championship game. I’m not going to get cool in front of all of Spain. I wish people would put themselves in the other place.
“People whistle because it is what they hear, there are many people who encourage that. I give everything. They do not give me the same stick as the others. Everything I say is interpreted in one way or another. I have two options – shut up or come here to explain.
“If I have to be aware of people, instead of doing my job, they will only harm me. That is what I wanted to say. It is exaggerated a lot.”
Whilst his goal in that game earned Enrique’s side a point, it ultimately didn’t matter as they needed the win over Slovakia to get through, and losing to Poland ultimately made no difference.
He was substituted off at 3-0 against Slovakia and his replacement, Ferran Torres, scored with his first touch.