Cristiano Ronaldo penalty coverage slammed as John Terry hits out at BBC

Cristiano Ronaldo missed a golden opportunity from the penalty spot
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Former Chelsea captain John Terry joined numerous supporters in slamming the BBC for their cheeky jibe at Cristiano Ronaldo following his missed penalty in Portugal's victory over Slovenia.

The Portuguese squad secured their place in the quarter-finals after a tense penalty shootout concluded a scoreless 120 minutes. Ronaldo, who had the prime opportunity to tip the scales during extra-time, was thwarted by Jan Oblak's save, leading to an emotional moment for the Al-Nassr ace.

The BBC's subsequent review of Ronaldo's failed attempt, dubbing it "Misstiano Penaldo" has sparked controversy for its pun on the footballer's name. Chelsea icon Terry, no stranger to penalty heartache with his 2008 Champions League final miss, lambasted the broadcaster, stating: "BBC this is a disgrace".

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It appears Terry isn't alone in his view that the BBC's wordplay crossed a line. Social media users expressed their dismay, with one commenting: "BBC disrespecting Cristiano Ronaldo. No player in the history of football has been disrespected like this."

Others echoed the sentiment, calling the move "Absolutely shameful from the BBC" and insisting that "A legend of the game should never be treated this way during his final Euros."

Ronaldo, however, redeemed himself when he confidently converted the first penalty in the shootout, driving it past Oblak. Portugal emerged victorious shortly after as Slovenia stumbled, failing to score any of their shots, thus bowing out of the competition.

Ronaldo said: "Even the strongest people have their [bad] days. I was at rock bottom when the team needed me the most. Sadness at the start is joy at the end. That's what football is. Moments, inexplicable moments. I feel sad and happy at the same time. But the important thing is to enjoy it. The team did an extraordinary job. We fought right to the end and I think we deserved it because we had more authority."

However, the Portuguese nation hailed Diogo Costa, the goalkeeper, as the true hero of the evening. Alongside a few teammates, they comforted an emotional Ronaldo after his penalty miss. He believes it was his best performance that helped Portugal progress.

Costa stated: "We all know that Cristiano is the hardest worker. I understand how frustrated he is because he devotes all his time to this. It's a pleasure and an honour to be on the same team as him. We're a family, I really think this. I focus on making the best of these chances and I wanted to help the team. This is the most important thing. This is probably the best game of my life."