As Cristiano Ronaldo Steven Gerrard and all England brought a white lug

CR7 is often the focus – as well as in the quarter-finals of the World Cup 2006. But here it was not a gate, but a gesture that anchor toe.

There are players for whom there is one thing in football only: win. If one asks a Sergio Ramos, if one day he’d rather tell his grandchildren of his wins and trophies or the many friendships in his career, the answer should be clear. Everything is allowed in the war and love – and for some football is both together.

It is the World Cup Summer 2006, the time of the summer fairy tale in Germany, as a title hungry Portuguese apparently seems like this. Later, Cristiano Ronaldo has won almost everything, but in front of 16 years ago, a man in the field is in the field, which the surprising final defeat at the EM 2004 broke the heart against Greece in his own country. Ronaldo wants a title with Portugal – and he is ready to really give everything.

It should be his day, and it will be. In the Schalke Veltins-Arena Portugal England beats in penalties, CR7 transforms the decisive penalty. But if especially English fans talk about the Matchwinner Ronaldo, then they do not mean the last penalty. He has already taken care of for a preliminary decision for them.

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The Golden Generation of the English finishes the game only to tenth, just Ronaldos Team College Wayne Rooney flies in the 62nd minute from the square. The curious thing about: CR7 itself had almost pressed the referee to Rooney’s Foul at Ricardo Carvalho, to split the red card. The own United storm partners – a traitor?

All England is horrified – and then finally unless the cameras capture a small and yet great gesture: As Rooney leaves the place, winks Ronaldo of the Portuguese bank.

The one who looks at the account forecast scene in retrospect is Rooney himself. The two speak about it and also form a furious duo in the attack of the Red Devils in the next season. But not all English nationalists forgive the Portuguese his unbridled ambition. For example, Liverpool Legend Steven Gerrard is the trouble on the wink action still to be noted today.

“It’s a dark side that stained Ronaldos game,” writes today’s Premier League coach in his autobiography and refers to the recklessness, with which CR7 wanted to win. The role that the Portuguese has played at the location of Rooney was “a shame”. As if that had not been bad enough, Gerrard also makes clearly clear, where the pain is sitting at the lowest.

England vs. Portugal: Gerarrd still angry today over CR7

“What brought us England players really on the palm was Ronaldo’s wink towards his bank. It pressed out: ‘Job done!’ How could he do something of one of his United teammates? “,” Stevie G ‘wonders today. And also Rooney had a question after the final whistle in the team bus to the then Liverpool captain: “What do you think of this wink?”

He receives an answer from Gerrard, which is so drastically, that you can read the frustration of an entire country, whose golden generation has again missed a title: “Honestly, WAZZA: If we played against Spain and Xabi Alonso or Luis Garcia [Both then Gerrard’s teammates at Liverpool, Note d. Red.] Winked or even signals would have had to be thrown from the square – then I would never change a word with them again! ” Rumms.

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Ronaldo’s controversial action is worthwhile for Portugal only this evening, in the following semi-finals is over against France. But the English can not console this. The star-locked generation around Gerrard, Lampard, Beckham, Rooney, and some stars more will be able to bring a title to the motherland of football before it, in 2006, the chance may have been greatest. Cristiano Ronaldo will be in 2016 with Portugal European champion – a title win, from which he would rather tell his grandchildren than from friendships with players like Wayne Rooney.