Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo believes that he is being targeted by the opponents and thinks that the referees at the World Cup should protect him more.
The Real Madrid talisman was angry after receiving a yellow card for a bust-up with defender Guy Demel in Portugal’s goalless draw with Ivory Coast on Tuesday.
Ronaldo was unhappy with the way that the referee let the Ivorians foul him without any punishment, stating that match officials should protect the best players on the field.
"Referees should protect the more skilful players when they are getting fouled by the opposition,” Ronaldo told The Sun.
"One of their players fouled me in the first half and I got a yellow card for it. I don't understand it. When it is three against one, as it was with their players against me, it is not fair to book me.
"Sometimes it is difficult for me when referees give fouls because they think I dive."
Portugal manager Carlos Queiroz supported his star winger, stating that the referee make a poor decision when he booked Ronaldo.
"They don't protect talented footballers any more.
“The Ivory Coast players made intimidating tackles.
“Ronaldo was the victim of a bad decision."
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