Cristiano Ronaldo is going through one of the toughest phases in his football career as he struggles with both his club and his nation. While Manchester United are languishing behind in the Premier League, Portugal failed to secure a direct berth to the World Cup in Qatar in 2022.They will now have to take part in the playoffs after finishing second in their FIFA World Cup Qualifying group. Portugal lost to Serbia in the final match week of their group after a late winner from Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Aleksander Mitrovic takes a sly dig at Cristiano Ronaldo after helping Serbia beat Portugal
Mitrovic headed home a 90th-minute winner to give Serbia the 2-1 win and a direct spot in the World Cup in Qatar next year. Mitrovic was elated after his goal and celebrated after the match in a very distinct fashion. He came back out in the stadium after the match was over with a Coke bottle in his hand. Waving the Serbian flag above his head, Mitrovic ran the full length of the pitch in his underwear.
Alexander Mitrovic 🇷🇸 living his best life.pic.twitter.com/SYANM4HTc4
— Maximiliano Bretos (@MaxBretosSports) November 15, 2021
Mitrovic might’ve been taking a dig at Cristiano Ronaldo with that Coke can, as the Portuguese forward had a little incident related to Coke during the UEFA Euros 2021.
Mitrovic calls Serbia the better side against Ronaldo and Portugal
In an interview after the match, Aleksander Mitrovic revealed why Serbia deserved to beat Portugal and didn’t mince any words about Portugal’s abysmal showing.
“We came here to play football and having been the better side, we earned it all,” he told Serbia’s Nova television.
The entire country is elated after their guaranteed spot in the World Cup, and it will be interesting to see what Serbia can do in the tournament.
“We are reaping the rewards of hard work and the belief that we would be able to defy the odds and beat Portugal. We are overjoyed, for our country and the people first and foremost,” Mitrovic added.
The Fulham striker and Serbia’s all time leading goal scorer certainly knows how to celebrate, and he certainly does deserve to be celebrating!