FIFA released a statement regarding the speculation of Ronaldo’s opening goal of Portugal against Uruguay on November 29, Tuesday by using their Connected Ball Technology. Although the first Portuguese goal was claimed by Cristiano Ronaldo on the pitch, it was later awarded to teammate Bruno Fernandes. After the verification, it was revealed that there was no contact on the ball by Ronaldo.
FIFA released a statement on behalf of Adidas. FIFA validated that Portugal’s first goal against Uruguay was scored by Bruno Fernandes and not Cristiano Ronaldo. The statement by FIFA read,
“In the match between Portugal and Uruguay, using the Connected Ball Technology housed in Adidas’ Al Rihla Official Match Ball, we can definitively show no contact on the ball from Cristiano Ronaldo for the opening goal in the game. No external force on the ball could be measured as shown by the lack of ‘heartbeat’ in our measurements. The 500Hz IMU sensor inside the ball allows us to be highly accurate in our analysis.”
The match ball reportedly provides accurate data about every touch made by a player using the sensors in it. FIFA has now confirmed that it was Fernandes who scored Portugal’s opener and not Ronaldo. However, Bruno Fernandes himself acknowledged that he believed that Ronaldo had gotten a touch. Fernandes said in the post-match interview,
“I celebrated [the goal] as if it had been Cristiano’s goal. It seemed to me that he had touched the ball. My aim was to cross the ball for him.”
There was a huge debate amongst the fans on social media about the goal owner. However, all in all, it did not matter as Portugal registered a 2-0 win over Uruguay. Portugal sealed their place in the Round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup 2022. The Portugal team will play their final group stage game on Friday, December 2, against South Korea.