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World Cup 2014 : Agony Cristiano Ronaldo went through against Germany captured in pictures 

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, June 17, 2014
First Published: 06:36 IST(17/6/2014) | Last Updated: 06:47 IST(17/6/2014)

There is little that the best player in the world can do when his team doesn’t measure up. Cristiano Ronaldo saw Germany humiliate his team, Portugal, 4-0 in their World Cup clash on Monday. He says what he feels and what he feels shows on his face. Here’s a look at the wringer the Portuguese captain went through at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador on Monday.

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The reaction says it all. Ronaldo was awarded last year's Ballon d'Or in recognition of his achievements over the course of 2013. The trophy for the world's most outstanding player, however, is tagged to a curse. Of the 14 players in possession of the prize heading into a World Cup, none achieved ultimate success on the biggest stage. (Reuters Photo)
 
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Ronaldo protests to Serbian referee Milorad Mazic as his Real Madrid teammate Sami Khedira looks on. Ronaldo, who was battling injuries before the tournament, had declared himself 100% fit on the eve of the match. (AP Photo)

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If there ever was a look of resignation! The 29-year-old winger looked way below his best and a poor free-kick, an art he takes pride in, summed up his afternoon of heartbreak. He hit that 30-metre free-kick into a one-man Germany wall. (AFP Photo)

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This is not the Ronaldo-on-the-ground sight his fans would like to see. The wretched outing for Portugal was compounded by the sight of Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao being stretchered off in the second half. (AFP Photo)

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Ronaldo looks forlorn during a moment in the game. Though his mere presence tends to lead to the assumption that Portugal are a top side, recent results have suggested otherwise. They struggled through qualifying and only a Ronaldo hat-trick in a playoff tie in Sweden got them to Brazil. (AFP Photo)

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Ronaldo’s hair, usually immaculately groomed, fell out of place as Germany piled on the agony. Poor finishing, defending and a generally unsporting attitude, culminating with central defender Pepe's sending-off for a headbutt, made it an all-round disaster for Portugal. (AP Photo)

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Ronaldo walks off the pitch after the drubbing. He stormed past reporters after the match and refused to answer questions. "Three players are down to talk to the media and I am not one of them," he said. (Reuters Photo)

(With inputs from Agencies)


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