Spain striker Alvaro Morata has said he was abused on social media during Euro 2020 and that his wife and children shouted in the streets of Seville.
Morata has been in the spotlight since the tournament began, as it was underestimated by Spain fans in a friendly against Portugal and then missed big chances in the 0-0 draw with Sweden and a 1-1 draw with Poland.
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He also missed a penalty in Spain’s 5-0 win over Slovakia on Wednesday.
“I would like people to put themselves in my shoes and think about what it is like to threaten my family, they say ‘I hope your children die.’ I had to leave my phone outside my room,” Morata said. on the Spanish radio station Cadena Cope.
“My wife and children have come to the Seville stadium with Morata in the back of their shirts and people were shouting at them. It’s complicated. I understand that people are reprimanding me for missed opportunities, but there is a limit.”
Morata said he had an insomnia overnight after missing a penalty against Slovakia, who drew with Croatia, but did not regret taking the spot.
He said that despite the abuse and criticism he faced, he felt a huge level of support from his teammates, adding that the former great Spaniard Iker Casillas had called him to raise his spirits.
“I am proud of the fact that I got the ball (to take the penalty) after people warmed me up. I would have been devastated a few years ago, but I’m really motivated. “Anyone who thinks the opposite does not do ‘you know me,'” he said.
“It is difficult to find a team like this, especially in difficult times. “After a week like this, I have known how everyone looks at me, but I look into their eyes and see that they support me.”