The truth about Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal celebration and Jose Fonte staying on the pitch (Independent)

The truth about Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal celebration and Jose Fonte staying on the pitch (Independent)

Cristiano Ronaldo’s brilliant free-kick to draw Portugal’s opening World Cup 2018 encounter with rivals Spain football sparked wild celebrations among his teammates – except one of them.

As the rest of the Portuguese team rushed to congratulate Ronaldo on his hat-trick-securing goal in the 88th minute last Friday, former Southampton and West Ham defender Jose Fonte chose not to join in with the celebrations.

Why?

With the footage going viral on social media since the Group B encounter, many theories have emerged trying to explain what has happened. The main one suggests that Fonte stays on the field of play to prevent Spain from taking a quick restart while the Portuguese are still celebrating, giving them a potential 10-on-one chance against goalkeeper Rui Patricio. Read more

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