Andrei Rațiu was one of the best players on the field of the national team in the match against Israel. But he was charged by the press in Spain after images appeared of the joy of the “tricolors” in the dressing room, after Romania qualified for Euro 2024. What did the players coached by Edi Iordănescu do.
The gesture noted by the Spanish press in the dressing room of the “tricolors”
Romania qualified for a European Championship for the sixth time, after eight years of absence. The team led by Edi Iordănescu defeated Israel in the penultimate stage of the qualification campaign. At the end of the game, the “tricolors” started the fiesta in the dressing room, and Andrei Rațiu, Rayo Vallecano’s defender, was targeted by the Spanish press.
Andrei Rațiu went live on social networks shortly after the end of the match between Israel and Romania. His colleagues, Marius Marin and Andrei Burcă, remembered Vinicius Junior, the star of Real Madrid, whom the Romanian defender annihilated in the La Liga match. “Vini, Vini”, “Vini, where are you?”, “Vini, I’m breaking you!”was heard in Romania’s locker room, and the Spanish press reacted.
“They are obsessed with Vinicius: ugly gesture in Romania’s dressing room, with a Rayo player involved”, noted the AS publication.
“Rațiu’s ugly gesture towards Vinicius, during the EURO qualification celebration”captioned Eldesmarque as well, although the Rayo Vallecano player was only amused when he heard his teammates’ chants.
The speed reached by Andrei Rațiu in the duel with Vinicius
The match between Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano ended in a tie, score 0-0, and Andrei Rațiu did an excellent job and blocked Vinicius Junior perfectly. After the performance at the “Santiaîgo Bernabeu”, the international press praised the Romanian defender for his performance.
“Vincius Jr. was the hardest opponent I had. I was impressed by the frequency with which he touches the ball, this ability of his, and dribbling in short space”, said Andrei Ratiu.
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In the 64th minute, the defender was the protagonist of a moment he will not soon forget. Ratiu reached an impressive speed and caught up with the Real Madrid star, managing to block a dangerous Real Madrid counterattack. Marca journalists wrote that the Romanian player reached an impressive speed at that stage, 35.6 km/h. “Speed is something I was born with”, said the right defender of the Romanian national team.
Andrei Rațiu was bought in the summer from Huesca, for 500,000 euros. The debut in La Liga came only on November 5, right in the match against Real Madrid. 1.5 million euros is Andrei Rațiu’s market share, according to Transfermarkt.
The great news received by Andrei Rațiu after qualifying for EURO 224
Andrei Rațiu received great news the day after qualifying for EURO 2024 with the Romanian national team. He became a father for the first time. The defender’s girlfriend, Irene Bort, gave birth to a baby girl on Sunday morning and posted a special message on Instagram.
The new mother published in the Instastory section a photo of a T-shirt of the Romanian national team with the number 2, worn by Andrei Rațiu, on which it was written ”Papi“, alongside the message “We are going to EURO 2024.”
“For Andrei Rațiu, qualifying for EURO 2024 will definitely remain in his soul. The next day, early in the morning, Andrei found out that he became a father. The girlfriend of the right back gave birth to a baby girl. Good health and fulfillment!”, sent the FRF to Andrei Rațiu.
Andrei Rațiu played four matches in the qualification campaign for Euro 2024, all as a full-time player, with Andorra (2-0), with Kosovo (2-0), with Belarus (0-0) and with Israel (2-1).