UEFA Nations League: Cristiano Ronaldo says playing in front of empty stadiums is like 'going to a circus without clowns'

Ronaldo said he hoped that “within a few months” fans could be back because they are the “joy” of the game.

The Associated Press September 09, 2020 17:04:32 IST
UEFA Nations League: Cristiano Ronaldo says playing in front of empty stadiums is like 'going to a circus without clowns'

Portugals Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Nations League, division A, group 3 soccer game betwween Sweden and Portugal at Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, on Sept. 08, 2020. Photo Janerik Henriksson / TT kod 10010 *SWEDEN OUT*

Stockholm: Cristiano Ronaldo compared empty football stadiums to a circus without clowns.

The Portugal great scored his 100th and 101st goals for his country in a 2-0 win over Sweden on Tuesday in the Nations League.

“It's like going to a circus without clowns, going to a garden without flowers,” Ronaldo said. “We don't like that as players, but I'm already used to it. I do my pre-match meditation already knowing that the stadium will be empty.”

Ronaldo said he even missed opposing fans.

“It's sad,” the Juventus forward said. “I like when I'm jeered in away matches, it motivates me. But health has to come first and we need to respect that. But it's sad.”

Ronaldo said he hoped that “within a few months” fans could be back because they are the “joy” of the game.

With his goals against Sweden, Ronaldo became only the second male player to reach the century mark in international soccer. He trails only former Iran striker Ali Daei, who scored 109 goals for his national team.

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