Alvaro Morata has revealed that he and his family have received death threats due to his performances for Spain during Euro 2020.
The Juventus striker has led the line for La Roja at this summer’s tournament with the club’s lack of a goal threat in the first two games against Sweden and Poland being criticised.
Despite Spain romping to a five-goal win over Slovakia this week, Morata saw his penalty saved by Slovakia goalkeeper Martin Dubravka when the game was still scoreless.
The striker has now revealed that he was unable to sleep following on from Saturday night’s draw against Poland – where he opened the scoring but spurned several more golden opportunities.
Morata has claimed that his wife Alice Campello and three young sons Alessandro, Leonardo and Edoardo have now been caught up in the abuse, which have tormented him.
Many Spain fans do not believe he should be the nation’s leading striker, with a section chanting during a pre-tournament friendly against Portugal ‘Morata, how bad you are’.
Morata told the Spanish radio station Cadena Cope : “Maybe I have not done my job as I should.
“I understand that I am criticised because I have not scored a goal, but I wish people would put themselves in the place of what it is like to receive threats, to be told that your children should die.
“Every time I get to the dressing room, my phone goes somewhere else. What bothers me is that they tell my wife, that they tell my children – they are going through Seville with their dad’s name on their shirts. They tell them everything.
“I had to put my phone away this week.
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“I didn’t sleep at all these past few days, because of the adrenaline.
“I didn’t sleep for nine hours after the (Poland) game – I understand criticism for not scoring, I accept it. I wish people would put themselves in that position of your family receiving death threats.
“I’m very happy, but it bothers me not to do my job well. The fans whistled at me before warming up, but I’m happy to take the penalty (against Slovakia) and have missed it.”
Spain will face Croatia in the Round of 16 on Monday with Morata adding: “I’m fine, maybe a few years ago I would have been screwed. I’ve spent a couple of weeks isolated from everything. I’m super happy and super motivated with reaching the Round of 16.
“We talked in training how football has changed, in the last Euros we started better and we arrived in the Round of 16 in another way. It’s football and I’m happy, whoever doesn’t believe it, doesn’t know me.”