Gareth Bale might know Cristiano Ronaldo better than most, but that doesn’t mean the Welshman is able to explain why his Real Madrid teammate threw a reporter’s microphone into a lake last month.
Ronaldo was filmed grabbing the microphone of a CMTV journalist while on a team walk before Portugal’s Euro 2016 group-stage clash against Hungary.
The three-time Ballon d’Or winner then proceeded to throw it into the adjacent lake, to the astonishment of, well, just about everyone.
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The incident was brought up by a reporter ahead of Wednesday night’s Euro 2016 semi-final between Wales and Portugal at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon.
“Why did Cristiano chuck a mic in the lake, Gareth?” Bale was reportedly asked, according to the Independent’s chief sports writer Ian Herbert, on Monday afternoon.
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“I’m not too sure,” the Welshman replied. “Can’t comment on what he does, how he’s feeling. He's got his reasons.”
Video: Ronaldo throws microphone into lake
The reason why Ronaldo reacted angrily
Had the reporter done his research, he would have discovered the reason why Ronaldo acted so angrily.
According to a story in The Sun last month, Ronaldo threw the microphone because he noticed it belonged to a reporter from CMTV, a station which the 31-year-old has a “long and chequered past with”.
The former Manchester United star has boycotted the Portuguese television station since 2014 after suing them for an invasion of privacy.
Bale and his teammates can make history
Whether Bale himself knew this is unclear, although he was wise to stay out of it.
The 26-year-old will be desperate to help Wales beat Ronaldo’s national team this week and is concerning himself about nothing else.
Victory would see Wales book their place in the Euro 2016 final - a remarkable feat that nobody would have thought possible before a ball was kicked this summer.
Similarly, though, Ronaldo will be hell-bent on helping Portugal defeat Wales.
The forward went agonisingly close to winning the European Championships back in 2004 - Greece defeated Portugal in the final - and will be acutely aware this could be his best opportunity to win a major trophy with his national team.
Should Ronaldo inspire Portugal to glory in the final, a fourth Ballon d’Or award would be likely.
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