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Ex-Chelsea captain John Terry blasts the BBC over Cristiano Ronaldo penalty joke

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates scoring the team's first penalty in the penalty shoot out during the UEFA EURO 2024 round of 16 match between Portugal and Slovenia at Frankfurt Arena
Cristiano Ronaldo apologised to Portugal fans after his penalty miss (Getty)

Former Chelsea and England captain John Terry has slammed the BBC over their on-air joke about Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty miss at Euro 2024.

Ronaldo was in tears after his penalty was saved by Jan Oblak in the first half of extra time in Portugal’s last-16 tie against Slovenia on Monday evening.

The 39-year-old was crying alongside his Portugal teammates in the half-time huddle and was then consoled by Diogo Dalot as he made his way back onto the pitch for the second half of extra time.

During their analysis of Ronaldo’s penalty miss, the BBC captioned the incident as: ‘Misstiano Penaldo’.

And that decision irked Terry, who branded the caption as a ‘disgrace’.

The former Chelsea and England captain posted a photo of the caption on his Instagram story alongside the message: ‘BBC this is a disgrace!’

John Terry was furious with the BBC's 'Misstiano Penaldo' caption for Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty miss
John Terry was furious with the BBC’s ‘Misstiano Penaldo’ caption for Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty miss (Instagram)

After the game went to a penalty shootout, Slovenia saw all three of their spot kicks saved by Portugal goalkeeper Diogo Costa.

Ronaldo stepped up to take Portugal’s first penalty and he managed to beat Oblak with his second attempt in the opposite corner.

Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva then scored their penalties to win the shootout for Portugal, who now play France in the Euro 2024 quarter-final on Friday at 8pm.

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - JULY 01: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal visibly upset after missing a penalty is spoken to by Diogo Dalot of Portugal during the UEFA EURO 2024 round of 16 match between Portugal and Slovenia at Frankfurt Arena on July 01, 2024 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Cristiano Ronaldo was consoled by Diogo Dalot after his penalty miss in extra time (AMA/Getty)

When asked how he felt after the shootout, Ronaldo told Sport TV: ‘Even the strongest people have their days, I was down and I was sad because the team needed me.

‘Initial sadness and joy at the end, that’s what football brings, inexplicable moments, from the eighth minute to the 80th, that’s what happens.

‘I could have given the national team the advantage, but I didn’t manage it, Oblak saved, I didn’t miss once during the year, and when I needed it most Oblak saved.

‘It’s a feeling of sadness and joy at the same time, but the most important thing is progressing, the team deserved it.


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‘Slovenia spent almost the entire time defending and when it’s like that it’s very difficult, the team deserves congratulations, especially our goalkeeper who made three good saves.’

In a separate interview with RTP, Ronaldo added: ‘It is without a doubt my last European Championship. But I don’t get emotional about that, I get emotional about everything that football involves.

‘Because of the enthusiasm I have for the game, the enthusiasm of seeing my supporters, my family, the affection that people have for me. It’s not about leaving football, because if I do, what else would I need to do or win? It won’t be about getting one more point or one less point. Making people happy is what motivates me the most.

‘We have a tough game now against France, who are one of the favourites to win.

‘But we’re going to war, the team is doing well and I’ll always give my best in this shirt. I missed the penalty but I wanted to be the first to score, because you have to take responsibility. I’ve never been afraid to face the usual things.’

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