Cesc Fabregas is downplaying the play of Cristiano Ronaldo during World Cup play and also contends that the struggles of Argentina don’t solely fall on Lionel Messi’s shoulders.
Fabregas says that Ronaldo’s four goals in two games “have come from set-pieces, penalties or mistakes.”
Febregas made comments he wrote in a column for BBC Sport, also discussing Argentina’s struggles and praising Messi.
“It was a similar story for Messi against Croatia, but it was not all his fault,” Fabregas wrote. “As I said in my TV analysis after Argentina’s defeat, they look like a broken team.
“So it is has been really difficult for him. He does not have the quality in behind him, when he needs someone who can help him build up the play.”
Febregas continued his talk of Ronaldo, who he claims doesn’t have to work as hard for the team.
“These days, Cristiano Ronaldo has a very different role for Portugal — he mainly stays up front and you no longer see him running all over the pitch,” he added. “He is one of the big names in Russia who has made a strong start to this World Cup, in terms of goals, with four so far.
“Yes, he is playing well, but if you really look at what he has done, he has scored one penalty, one free kick, one goal from a corner and one with a shot that David De Gea should have saved. You cannot say that he and Portugal have shown great combinations or tiki-taka football to score great goals.
“You have to give him credit, of course, but his goals have come from set-pieces, penalties or mistakes.”