It would have taken the gold medal in the 10m platform competition at the Olympic Games.
We are speaking of the dive by Cristiano Ronaldo.
He scored the decider in Portugal’s 1 – 0 win that sent Morocco to the exits. His header in the fourth minute was all that was necessary. It was his fourth goal of the tournament and his 85th representing his country.
He now holds second place alone in the all-time scoring category, but he has some work to do in order to catch the 109 of Ali Daei of Iran.
Late in the game, Ronaldo was dribbling through the Moroccan defense, when he inexplicably fell to the ground in a dive that would make Acapulco’s famed cliff divers envious.
He then asked for a replay, which revealed that there had been zero contact.
Ronaldo played the incident down, saying, “I’m very happy. The most important thing was to win the game and to get the three points,” Ronaldo said of his fourth-minute strike in Moscow that decided a hard-fought contest.“We knew if we lost we could be out. We knew Morocco would be giving their all. It was a surprise at the start because they were so strong.I managed to score a goal, it was great for me.”
Well, that leaves no doubt as to Ronaldo’s mindset, does it?
The Portuguese have no shortage of proficient actors.
Late in the second half, Kepler Laveran de Lima Ferreira ComM, more simply known as “Pepe,” was touched on the shoulder by Morocco’s Captain Mehdi Benatia. Social media shaming erupted, but so far as we know, no one called Pepe Jacque Cousteau.
Ronaldo’s goal moved him ahead of Ferenc Puskas, who retired from international play with Hungary in 1956.
He was the sole contributor of goals, scoring a hat trick that secured a draw with Spain. That match featured 42 fouls and it is somewhat surprising that it is not still going on.