Fernando Torres wasn’t exactly the most volatile footballer we’ve ever seen. In fact, he was rather mild-mannered most of the time.
However, there was one opponent who riled the Spaniard during a Champions League clash in 2017.
That opponent was none other than Cristiano Ronaldo and you may well remember the incident in question, which occurred during a semi-final second-leg tie between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid at the Vicente Calderon.
Real Madrid were 3-0 up on aggregate thanks to Ronaldo, who scored a stunning hat-trick at the Bernabeu a week earlier.
But two goals in the opening 16 minutes of the second leg from Saul and Antoine Griezmann put Atleti right back into the contest.
Isco’s crucial away goal in the 42nd minute, however, effectively booked Real’s place in the 2016-17 Champions League final.
Minutes after Isco’s goal, which put Real 4-2 up on aggregate, Torres was involved in an angry altercation with Ronaldo.
Watch the incident here…
Torres was seen shoving the Portuguese superstar before the pair went head-to-head and words were exchanged.
Ronaldo further incensed the Atletico fan favourite by laughing throughout the altercation - the perfect response, in many ways.
It was initially unclear a) why Torres was so angry, and b) what was said between him and Ronaldo.
Spanish newspaper AS claimed Torres reacted badly when Ronaldo celebrated Isco’s goal by putting his finger to his lips and shushing the Atleti supporters.
Cristiano knew the tie was virtually over at this point and felt confident enough to tell the home crowd to be quiet.
This angered Torres, who was quoted by Marca as saying: “What’s wrong with you?” at Ronaldo during their heated spat.
Torres then followed that up by calling Ronaldo a “clown”, before the legendary forward responded: “Go home, idiot.”
‘Home’ in this instance is understood to have referred to Atleti’s imminent elimination.
Despite referee Cuneyt Cakir’s intervention, Torres still signed off by calling Ronaldo a “son of a bi*ch”.
But it was Ronaldo who ended up having the last laugh.
No further goals were scored and Real Madrid went through to the final, where they defeated Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff thanks to a Ronaldo brace plus additional goals from Casemiro and Marco Asensio.
Torres didn’t lose his temper too often but Ronaldo certainly saw the Spaniard’s angry side that night - although he seemed to find it all rather amusing.
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