Manchester United winger Nani broke down in tears after he was sent off in Tuesday’s Champions League defeat by Real Madrid at Old Trafford.
The 26-year-old was dismissed by Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir half an hour before the end of the game, an incident that turned the tie the way of the Spanish team.
It is understood Nani was distraught in the United dressing room at full-time and later made an emotional phone call home to a long-term mentor in Portugal.
No way back: Nani is sent off by Turkish official Cuneyt Cakir for his challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa
‘Nani was inconsolable,’ a source said. ‘He was on the phone to Portugal sobbing, asking people if they thought he had done anything wrong.’
Nani has had an up-and-down season as he has become involved in a protracted contract wrangle at United but has the full support of his team-mates in the wake of Tuesday night’s game.
Phone home: Nani is consoled by Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford - but the winger was so upset he had to call a pal in Portugal
It has emerged that Real manager Jose Mourinho was left feeling flat by a game that turned his way on a referee’s decision.
The former Chelsea boss told friends he hadn’t particularly enjoyed the match and had left Old Trafford disappointed his side had not shown their true selves.
Poor viewing: Mourinho departs into the dressing room before the final whistle
Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored the winner, felt similarly. The former United player said: ‘I went into the dressing room to speak to all the players, the coach, the president, to the Glazers.
'On one side I feel happy for Madrid to go through, the other side I feel a little bit sad because it is not easy to forget this home.
‘The feeling was strange — it was not just this game but the first game too; I felt a bit shy in my game but I’m happy because Madrid got through.’
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Ronaldo also spoke to Ryan Giggs, who played his 1,000th senior game.
‘He is the flag of this club and I’m happy for him,’ the Portuguese said. ‘I think he’s going to finish when he’s 50!’