Portugal star striker Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted that he is no bottler and was desperate to take Portugal's fifth penalty against Spain.
Ronaldo, 27, missed from the spot when Real lost on penalties against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals, but the former Manchester United ace claims it was coach Paulo Bento who decided he should take the fifth spot-kick in Wednesday's semi-final.
"I was going to take the fifth penalty but we missed two. The coach said to me, 'Do you want to take the fifth?' I said 'yes'," The Sun quoted Ronaldo, as saying.
"Sometimes I take the first, second or the third. I agreed to take the fifth. I can assure you there was no ghost after I missed a penalty against Bayern Munich. I was going to score the fifth," he added.
Portugal suffered a poor start to Euro 2012, losing 1-0 to Germany and then grabbing a late goal to beat Denmark 3-2. Ronaldo drifted to 66-1 to become top scorer but became a leading contender with two goals in a 2-1 win over Holland before grabbing the winner in quarter-final against Czech Republic.
"We go out with our heads held high. We demonstrated to the critics and to the supporters that we had a good tournament. We played a very good Euros. We managed to get to the four best teams but we didn't have luck," he said. (ANI)