Nigeria legend Sunday Oliseh has praised Cristiano Ronaldo for showing great intelligence to win Portugal’s controversial penalty against Ghana.
Ronaldo went down in the box after what looked like a 50-50 challenge for the ball with Ghana defender Mohammed Salisu.
It was a decision that has been termed unfair by Ghana supporters and observers alike, but former Super Eagles midfielder Oliseh feels Salisu fell for the Portugal captain’s trick.
“The strikers have become smarter,” Oliseh said during the Fifa Technical Study Group analysis for the first round of World Cup matches on Saturday, as quoted by Kicker.
“People can say whatever they want about this man [Ronaldo]. His action was simply smart. He was patient and waited for just the right moment to be a tad ahead of the defender on the ball, who then couldn’t help but hit him. That was absolutely brilliant.”