Cristiano Ronaldo seemed to be “hurt” by a pitch invader during Portugal’s 5-0 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner scored two goals in the Euro 2024 qualifier, with Bruno Fernandes, Joao Felix, and Joao Cancelo also finding the net.
Portugal, having already secured qualification for the tournament in Germany on the previous Friday, netted all five of their goals before halftime.
A Pitch Invader tried to hurt Ronaldo 😳 pic.twitter.com/hpP3CwxLqG
— MÁR̃R̃ÛṢ 🍄💫🏴 (@Marrus_1) October 16, 2023
Here’s a closer look at the pitch invader during the Bosnia and Herzegovina V Portugal game tonight. Seems he trood on Cristiano Ronaldos foot while trying to take a picture. Why would you do this? Lifetime ban. #CristianoRonaldo#Ronaldopic.twitter.com/b6BbbPtAlt
— EPLnews (@EPLnews24_7) October 16, 2023
Ronaldo gave Roberto Martinez’s side the lead with a penalty and then scored his 127th goal for Portugal.
However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the 38-year-old, who was caught up in an incident with a pitch invader.
A fan wearing an Al Nassr shirt and holding a phone in hand ran onto the Bilino Polje pitch just as Ronaldo was heading to the touchline to take a throw-in.
The pitch invader was pursued by a group of security personnel but managed to approach the former Manchester United legend.
Although the fan didn’t succeed in taking a selfie, the video footage showed that Ronaldo’s foot was accidentally stepped on, causing him some discomfort for a moment.
He clutched his foot and moved it around, with Bruno Fernandes displaying concern.
Ronaldo appeared to be alright in the end but was substituted by Pedro Neto in the 66th minute.
Despite his advancing age, the former Real Madrid superstar continues to perform at a high level and has now scored 40 goals for both his club and country in 2023.
And though he has not set himself a target, Ronaldo still feels in good condition to continue playing at a high level.
“Things have happened in my life, both on a personal and professional level, that make me think more in the short term nowadays,” he told reporters, as perGoal.
“People say I’m going to play on until I’m 40 or 41 years old.
“I don’t set these targets. It’s a question of just enjoying the moment, which is a good moment.
“I feel good. My body is responding to how I’ve treated it over the years.
“I’m happy both at my club and in the Selecao.
“I’ve scored plenty of goals, I feel in good shape physically. It’s a question of enjoying the moment.”