Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t won himself many friends over the past week.
The Portuguese superstar embarrassed himself with his comments about Iceland, hence why the majority of football fans found it hilarious when he endured something of a personal nightmare against Austria on Saturday night.
Ronaldo missed a host of chances to secure all three points for Portugal, including a penalty, but few people offered up any sympathy due to his petty remarks following last week’s 1-1 draw in Saint-Etienne.
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So, how about this for kicking a man while he’s down?
Rafael van der Vaart, who played alongside Ronaldo for a season at Real Madrid, has told reporters that he couldn’t be friends with Cristiano because the three-time Ballon d’Or winner is “too boring”.
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Van der Vaart: Cristiano is too boring
"I don't think we could be friends, because Cristiano is too boring,” Van der Vaart was quoted as telling NOS by Catalan newspaper Sport.
However, Van der Vaart went on to compliment his former teammates’ immense professionalism.
"He's a great professional,” the straight-talking Dutchman added. “He's the first out on the training pitch and the last to leave. That's why he's had such a great career."
Ronaldo not concerned about making friends
Ronaldo, however, is not in the business to make friends.
"When I was at Manchester United, we won the Champions League and there were some players I would only say 'hi' to, like [Ryan] Giggs, [Paul] Scholes or [Rio] Ferdinand," Ronaldo was quoted as saying by ESPN back in February. "But the harmony on the pitch was great.
"It's not necessary to go out eating with [Gareth] Bale, what matters is when you are on the field. What happens off it doesn't count, it matters that we are a team on it."
That was Ronaldo's response to the 'MSN'
The 31-year-old made his comments at the time much was being made about the excellent relationship between Barcelona’s ‘MSN’ - Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.
The friendship between the star-studded trio - both on and off the pitch - is widely considered to be one of the primary reasons why Barcelona have enjoyed so much success under Luis Enrique.
That Ronaldo, one of the most individualistic top-level players on the planet, doesn’t think friendships in football are particularly important came as no major shock.
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