Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann defend Antonio Rudiger and described Cristiano Ronaldo as a ‘fool’ after produced a magnificent piece of skill against Chelsea defender in Germany 4-2 win over Portugal.
The 35-year-old forward put the Portuguese 1-0 up with a quick counter-attacking goal, and the Juventus star was in high spirits after his strike.
Following his goal, Ronaldo lofted the ball over the head of Rudiger, and backheeled it to a teammate without his eyes on the ball.
The skill stunned the crowd and left Antonio Rudiger chasing shadows somewhat, but ex-Reds star Didi Hamann was less than impressed by the Juventus star’s showboating and claimed Ronaldo ‘belittled’ Rudiger.
Hamann told RTE: ‘I think it’s nonsense, he flicks the ball over, pretends he is going to catch it and backheels it across, and looks away… of course it is [amazing] and we know he can do that… I think, in a way he’s belittling the opposition.
‘This is at 1-0 and I’m sitting here while you all rave about it. Yes, he is the best, with Messi… He looks a fool now. This is 1-0. He does look the fool.
‘If you ask the German players, they’ll tell you now what they thought of it. They would have noticed that.
‘I tell you now, all of them will say it may have given us an extra bit of whatever to change things. What is he trying to achieve? Maybe this [Germany comeback] is where it all started.’
Rudiger, meanwhile, produced standout performer during the match, winning three out of his six defensive duels, according to Wyscout, and making six interceptions in the process.