Cristiano Ronaldo angered Iceland with his derogatory comments after Portugal’s 1-1 draw with the minnows at Euro 2016.
Speaking after Tuesday’s game, Ronaldo said Iceland showed their “small mentality” by excessively celebrating the result.
If that wasn’t bad enough, the Real Madrid star is reported to have made some pretty arrogant comments to Iceland’s Aron Gunnarsson after the game.
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Video footage captures the Cardiff City player approaching Ronaldo upon full-time and asking him to swap shirts. The 31-year-old refuses but it appears that he was simply telling the excited player to wait in the tunnel.
But the exchange of Ronaldo’s coveted shirt may not have actually gone down, if the winger’s reported comment to Gunnarsson is true.
German newspaper Bild - per Sport - claim that the Iceland captain was ignored twice in the changing rooms. When Ronaldo finally confronted him, he apparently said: “Swap shirts? Who are you?”
Given Ronaldo’s petty remarks about Iceland, it’s not implausible to imagine Ronaldo belittling Gunnarsson.
Defend, defend, defend
The former Manchester United player drew widespread criticism across the sporting world by attacking Iceland’s celebrations and defensive approach.
“I thought they'd won the Euros the way they celebrated at the end," he said, per BBC Sport.
"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.
"Portugal try to play football and try to win the game. Iceland didn't try anything. They were just defend, defend, defend and playing on the counter-attack."
Portugal had 72 per cent of the possession and managed 26 shots on goal compared to Iceland’s four. Yet to imagine Iceland, a country with a population of 330,000, to do anything else but park the bus was naive.
Hreidarsson: Ronaldo's a sore loser
Former Iceland international Hermann Hreidarsson called Ronaldo a “sore loser” after the game.
"He thought he could have goals handed to him on a plate,” the former Ipswich and Portsmouth defender told BBC Radio 5 live.
"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."
A fine player, is Ronaldo. But he might want to work on being a little more magnanimous.
Portugal sit third in Group F. Fernando Santos’s side take on Austria on Saturday before facing Hungary in their final group game on June 22.
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