Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has been branded a "fool" following Portugal's 4-2 Euro 2020 loss to Germany.
  • Ex-player Didi Hamann accused the striker of "belittling" Germany with an audacious piece of skill.
  • With Portugal leading 1-0 Ronaldo flicked the ball over a defender's head and pretended to catch it.
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Cristiano Ronaldo has been branded a "fool" by former Liverpool and Germany star Dietmar Hamann following Portugal's thumping 4-2 defeat to Germany at Euro 2020.

The 36-year-old forward produced an audacious piece of skill early in the match which Hamann says belittled his opponents and may have helped inspire them to victory. Ronaldo opened the scoring for Portugal at the Allianz Arena on Saturday when he tapped home from close range in the 15th minute.

Moments later, the Juventus forward then produced a sublime piece of skill, flicking the ball over a defender's head, before pretending to catch it and back-heeling it to a teammate without looking.

After Ronaldo's skill, Germany went on to score four goals in the next 40 minutes of play to seal victory, before Diogo Jota scored a consolation goal for Fernando Santos' side.

"I think it's nonsense. He flicks the ball over, pretends he is going to catch it and back-heels it across, and looks away," Hamann, who played 59 times for Germany between 1997 and 2005, told Irish broadcaster RTE, per The Mirror.

"Of course it is amazing and we know he can do that. I think, in a way he's belittling the opposition.

"This is at 1-0 and I'm sitting here while you all rave about it. Yes, he is the best, with Messi. He looks a fool now. This is 1-0. He does look the fool.

"If you ask the German players, they'll tell you now what they thought of it. They would have noticed that. I tell you now, all of them will say it may have given us an extra bit of whatever to change things. "What is he trying to achieve? Maybe this is where the comeback all started."

While his piece of skill against Germany may not have gone down too well, Ronaldo was the hero in Portugal's tournament opener against Hungary last week.

He scored twice in the last five minutes to inspire Portugal to a last-gasp 3-0 victory.

His first goal, which was his 10th ever at the European championships, saw him become the tournament's highest ever scorer, surpassing the record previously held by France's Michel Platini.

He has also made headlines off the pitch, attracting huge attention for his decision to snub Coca-Cola at a press conference ahead of the Hungary match.

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