Cristiano Ronaldo has attracted more negative publicity today after a video emerged of the Portugal captain bizarrely grabbing a reporter’s microphone and throwing it into a lake while on a team walk ahead of Wednesday’s Euro 2016 clash against Hungary.
It was unclear why the 31-year-old, who failed to score in Portugal’s first two Euro 2016 matches against Iceland and Austria, reacted so petulantly - although a reason for his surprise behaviour has now emerged.
According to The Sun, Ronaldo threw the microphone because he noticed it belonged to a reporter from CMTV, a station which the three-time Ballon d’Or winner has a “long and chequered past with”.
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Ronaldo once sued - and won - a case against the Portuguese television station, the report adds, after complaining about an invasion of privacy.
Since 2014 the Portuguese superstar has boycotted the station.
Video: Ronaldo throws microphone into lake
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Some people had mischievously suggested that Ronaldo threw the mic after being asked if he had seen Lionel Messi’s fantastic free-kick - arguably the best of his illustrious career so far - for Argentina in their 4-0 victory over the United States in the Copa America on Tuesday night.
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However, it’s believed that this is nonsense. Ronaldo, keen to avoid interacting with a member of staff from CMTV, reacted by throwing the microphone into the adjacent lake near Portugal’s team hotel in Lyon.
Portugal will guarantee themselves a place in the Euro 2016 knockout rounds by securing all there points against Hungary later this afternoon.
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