Cristiano Ronaldo tweeted a picture of himself taking a selfie on a plane after settling in court over his tax fraud case in Madrid.
The settlement came – with Ronaldo agreeing to €19m fine – as the search continues to find the plane carrying new Cardiff striker Sala.
Sala’s plane went down over the English Channel on Monday evening and the search and rescue teams will continue their efforts to find the plane on Wednesday morning.
But Ronaldo has drawn criticism from former England player Lineker following his recent post on Twitter.
In the aftermath of the settlement on Tuesday, Cristiano Ronaldo posted an image of himself grinning on a plane.
And Lineker replied: “Not the day for this tweet. It really isn’t.”
The former Tottenham hero was then challenged by a fan over the message.
To which Lineker replied: “Not at all, and I’m sure he’s done it without knowledge or awareness, but perhaps someone could let him know.”
He then retweeted former BBC Sport social media editor Lewis Wiltshire’s tweet that read: “It’s tone deaf, that tweet from Ronaldo, and if you’re one of the many people replying to Gary to say it’s fine, then you’re tone deaf too.
“When athletes – any celebrities – tweet they need some awareness of the world around them, and to know that it doesn’t revolve around them.”
Ronaldo left the court in Madrid on Tuesday and signed autographs for fans waiting outside.
The striker quit Real for Juventus in a £105m deal last summer, signing a four-year contract worth £26m a season.
As for Sala, French police have confirmed he was on the plane that went missing on Monday.
Sala agreed to join Cardiff in a £15m deal over the weekend.
He had flown back to Nantes to say goodbye to his teammates, with reports claiming he expressed his concern over the plane after using it to fly to France.
The search continues for any signs of the aircraft Sala was flying in but hopes is running thin.