Cristiano Ronaldo caught up with referee Martin Atkinson in the tunnel at half-time to debate his opening goal in Real Madrid’s win over Atletico Madrid.
Ronaldo hit a hat-trick to give Madrid a commanding 3-0 victory in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Diego Simeone’s side on Tuesday evening.
But the 32-year-old’s opener has sparked debate as it appeared that he was standing in an offside position in the build-up to the goal.
A cross from Sergio Ramos was directed towards Ronaldo, who was returning from an offside position, and the ball was hastily cleared by Stevan Savic.
Casemiro was able to deliver another ball into the box which Ronaldo met with his head to fire past Jan Oblak.
Goal @realmadrid but it was clear off side just before the goal
— Ruud Gullit (@GullitR) May 2, 2017
But as the players were walking out of the tunnel for the second half, Spanish television channel Mega showed images of Ronaldo catching up with the officials to discuss his goal.
‘Atkinson, offside?’ asked Ronaldo. ‘Did you see?’
Atkinson is then heard replying with: ‘At first you are.’
Ronaldo quickly responded with: ‘Yeah, but I didn’t interfere [with play].’
Atkinson’s response was inaudible but another member of his team were heard saying: ‘Interfering, no.’
Culled from Metro
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