People are blaming Ronaldo's new goatee for Portugal's defeat to Uruguay
When Cristiano Ronaldo stepped out on to the field to play Uruguay on Saturday night, he sported a new addition to his facial hair.
The five-time Ballon d’Or holder failed to help Portugal through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup, leaving some to speculate his new goatee was to blame.
As it became clear the game was going badly, and after the team eventually lost 2-1 to Uruguay, the tweets began to roll in.
Footballers, like many sportspeople, can be superstitious about pre-match routines, but clearly Ronaldo wasn’t worried about the impact growing a goatee might have on the match.
At least the new facial hair didn’t stop him from being a good sport. He helped injured Uruguay player Edinson Cavani off the field towards the end of the game in a lovely show of respect.