Cristiano Ronaldo has taken a lot of heat for his stinging attack on Iceland.
The Portugal star said the manner in which Iceland’s players celebrated their 1-1 draw on Tuesday showed they have a “small mentality”.
Iceland players past and present were quick to respond, with former Portsmouth player Hermann Hreidarsson calling the Real Madrid man a “sore loser”.
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The 31-year-old was upset at Portugal’s inability to beat a team whose population is just 330,000. Just like his attack on his Madrid teammates following the 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in February, Ronaldo has proven himself to be a terrible loser.
“I thought they'd won the Euros the way they celebrated at the end," he said, per the BBC.
"It was unbelievable. We tried hard to win the game and Iceland didn't try anything. This, in my opinion, shows a small mentality and they are not going to do anything in the competition."
One man who is not happy with Ronaldo’s comments is TV host Piers Morgan, who branded the player an “egotistical goon” in quite a scathing response.
“Hey mate @Cristiano, when you can’t even beat #Iceland the correct response is shamed silence so pipe down you egotistical goon,” Morgan tweeted to more than 5 million followers.
Although many admire his honesty, Twitter was quick to realise the irony in Morgan - a man who divides opinion like nobody else - calling Ronaldo “egotistical”.
Portugal had to settle for a draw after Birkir Bjarnason’s tidy finish cancelled out Nani’s opener. It will be an embarrassment if Fernando Santos’s team doesn’t progress from a group that also contains Hungary and Austria but Iceland have laid out the framework for how to frustrate Portugal.
Ronaldo: Iceland were just defend, defend, defend
Ronaldo expressed his anger at Iceland’s tactics as he was limited to few opportunities.
“Portugal try to play football and try to win the game,” the captain said. “Iceland didn’t try anything.
“They were just defend, defend, defend and playing on the counter-attack.”
Hreidarsson was disappointed that Ronaldo didn’t afford Iceland any credit and criticised his work rate.
The 41-year-old, who also played for Ipswich and Charlton, told BBC Radio 5 live: "He thought he could have goals handed to him on a plate.
"If he would have worked as hard as every Icelandic player, he wouldn't have had to say anything because I'm sure he would have got his rewards.
“He didn't fancy it on the day and he just got beaten up."