Young Fan Invades Pitch To Take Selfie With Ronaldo

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A Group F match at the ongoing Euro 2024 on Saturday between Portugal and Turkey was interrupted on several occasions in the second half as pitch invaders got away from security in an attempt to take a photograph with Cristiano Ronaldo.

The first fan, a young boy wearing a red tracksuit top, emerged from the stand behind the benches midway through the second half and approached the Portugal skipper.

Ronaldo posed smiling for a photo before the pitch invader ran off trying to escape stewards.

They eventually caught up with him and escorted him away to applause from the stands.

At least five other fans managed to get onto the pitch attempting to pull off the same stunt, either during the match or after the final whistle, but Ronaldo grew increasingly exasperated with the unwanted attention.

Reacting, Portugal coach Roberto Martinez expressed relief that none of the multiple fans who invaded the pitch during his team’s game had ill intentions.

“It is a concern because today we were lucky that the intentions of the fans were good,” Martinez told reporters following the match after Portugal secured qualification for the last 16.

“I think that we all love a fan who recognises the big stars who are icons in their lands.

“I think we all agree with that, but you can understand that it is a very difficult moment if those intentions are wrong.

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“Then the players are exposed and we need to be careful with that. Probably there is a lot of security and protection and I don’t think it should happen.”

Martinez, the Spanish former Belgium boss, added: “Probably we should give a message to the fans that it is not the right way.

“You are not going to get anything out of it and what you do is that probably the measures get worse for the future and it is not good to get the players so exposed when you get people running on the pitch.”

However, Ronaldo is one of the most recognisable celebrities on the planet and his teammate Bernardo Silva – who scored the first goal in the game – admitted all the attention was the price to pay for such levels of fame.

“I am not really concerned. It is just a bit annoying in terms of always having to stop the game because a fan enters the pitch,” Manchester City player Silva said.

“Apart from that, I think that is the price you pay for being so recognised in the world of football. But in terms of feeling in danger, I don’t think so, not me personally at least.”

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