The company "Adidas" - the official football producer for the World Cup currently being held in Qatar - stormed the controversy over the identity of Portugal's first goal scorer against Uruguay, which FIFA calculated for Bruno Fernandez, while Ronaldo demanded that it be counted in his favor, claiming that he touched the ball with his head.
The company settled - through a statement - the controversy, declaring that Ronaldo's head did not touch the ball, based on "extremely accurate data" provided by the sensor inside the match ball.
Ronaldo's goal topped the events, after the Portugal-Uruguay match, after he explicitly expressed his desire to score the goal in his favor, to continue breaking records in the World Cup, but FIFA insisted on counting it in favor of his teammate and former Manchester United.
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And the official "Adidas" balls in the World Cup - which was called "The Journey" - contain a very sensitive sensor chip, which was successfully tested before the start of the largest sporting event in the world.
Today, Tuesday, the British newspaper "Daily Mail" quoted a statement issued by the German company;
It stated that "in the match between Portugal and Uruguay, using the connected ball technology present in the official match ball "The Journey" from "Adidas", we can definitively confirm that there was no contact of Cristiano Ronaldo's head with the ball.
And she added, "No external force can be measured on the ball, as it turned out that there was no (heartbeat) in our measurements, and in the attached drawing."
"The 500 Hz IMU sensor located inside the ball allows us to be very precise in our analysis," the same statement explained.
The official "journey" ball at the World Cup in Qatar (Getty Images)
Sophisticated and highly sensitive sensors have been placed inside match balls at the World Cup in Qatar, to help the video technology (VAR) to detect offside situations as accurately as possible. Make the right decision, the sensor can also be powered by a rechargeable battery.
"This technology is the culmination of three years of dedicated research and testing by FIFA and our partner Adidas," said Johannes Holzmuller, Director of Football Technology and Innovation at FIFA.
It is noteworthy that Portugal settled its match against Uruguay in its favor 2-0, thus ensuring that it reached the final price round with 6 points, while Luis Suarez's teammates needed to beat Ghana in its last match, to accompany Ronaldo's companions to the same round.