CRISTIANO RONALDO immediately texted Piers Morgan from the dressing room to insist he scored Portugal's opening goal last night.
The 37-year-old wheeled away in celebration after Bruno Fernandes' curling cross ended up in the net during the World Cup clash with Uruguay.
It initially appeared as though Ronaldo had gotten a small flick on the ball before it flew into the Uruguayan goal.
But replays suggested the former Manchester United forward may have missed it, and the goal was credited to Fernandes.
But Ronaldo insists the strike should be his and even texted his pal Morgan straight after the game.
The journalist confirmed he had been contacted by the star after the game in a light-hearted Twitter exchange with Specsavers.
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Morgan tweeted: "Ronaldo confirmed to me that his head touched the ball. Even Bruno agrees."
Debate continues over the strike with some fans convinced it should be Ronaldo's.
Even Bruno Fernandes was happy to let his compatriot take the goal, which would have put him on 119 international strikes.
Fernandes said: "I don't really think it matters who scored. The feeling at the time was that he (Ronaldo) touched the ball — I was crossing it to him — but what's important was we moved into the next round and beat a very big opponent."
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Fernandes later scored from the spot to seal victory and ensure Portugal guaranteed a place in the knock-out stages.
They are the third team to seal their place after France and Brazil, and the result leaves Uruguay needing a big result against old foes Ghana.
Ronaldo's text message to Morgan comes just weeks after the pair combined for one of football's most explosive interviews in recent years.
The Portuguese legend hit out at Man United and his manager, leading to the club to mutually agree to rip up his contract.
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