CRISTIANO RONALDO claims “playing without fans is like going to the circus and not seeing clowns” – but it was no red woes day for the icon.
The Juventus frontman approached a world record by reaching 101 goals with a double for Portugal – then went from Swedes to flowers with another spectacular comparison.
Having seen off ten-man Sweden 2-0, Ronaldo suggested games behind closed doors were “like going to the garden and not seeing flowers”.
Near-empty stadiums, meaning no adulation and feedback, are clearly no joke for the former Real Madrid and Manchester United superstar.
And apart from his flowery analogies, Ron reached an even higher gear of bizarreness when he revealed one of the things he most misses about crowds.
I like to be whistled because it gives me bites.
The 35-year-old said: “There is no need to regret… I like to be whistled because it gives me bites.
“But health comes first, if the WHO says that there are no conditions, that’s it. The most important thing is the human being.”
Ronaldo curled home a delicious free-kick and fired a fine second for Portugal as he closed on the highest-ever international tally of goals, 109 by Iran’s Ali Daei from 1993-2006.
Orgulho enorme nesta marca histórica ao serviço da nossa seleção! Quando me dizem que posso chegar aos 100, eu digo que não chega…1⚽️1 golos por Portugal 🇵🇹 🙏🏼❤️
He then posted on Instagram: “Huge pride…When I am told I can reach 100, I say it is not enough…”
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi, Ron’s only serious rival for the title of world’s best player, is only staying at Barcelona reluctantly.
So with Ronaldo already being the quickest player to 50 Serie A goals, he could be set for the last laugh on the Argentinian at club level too.