XtraTime Web Desk: Though Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal has lost the 2018 FIFA World Cup pre-quarterfinal tie against Uruguay today but the football fraternity saw a heartwarming moment of true sportsmanship.
Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani — who scored both of his team’s goals — was injured on a play just shy of the 70-minute mark, and he began slowly limping off the field. Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo noticed him struggling to get to the sideline, so he walked over and let Cavani lean on him as they walked off the field.
Respect 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/8SrvHiS4Q0
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 30, 2018
With time running out for trailing Portugal, Ronaldo could have been justifiably angry, frustrated or simply not focused on an injured opponent. But this touching display of sportsmanship serves as a reminder that even at the highest level, the little things still matter.
Uruguay now will face France in the quarterfinal.