Cristiano Ronaldo slams Iceland after 1-1 draw

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Just qualifying for Euro 2016 is incredible for a nation like Iceland.

The country has a population of just 330,000 - the same amount of people that live in the city of Leicester.

Around 40,000 Icelanders have travelled to France this summer to cheer on their side which means that a ridiculous 12% of the population are at the tournament.


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Not to mention the fact that the winter conditions where the temperature is between -10 and -25 for much of the year makes it impossible to play football all year round.

So, when they drew 1-1 to Portugal in their opening Euro 2016 fixture, they deservedly received all the plaudits. It was a sensational result.

The Portuguese side is full of talent, including one of the best footballers in the world in Cristiano Ronaldo - not to mention Portugal have a population of 10.6 million compared to 330,000.

However, there was one man really not keen to congratulate Iceland for their magnificent feat of earning a draw.

That man was Ronaldo.

The Real Madrid superstar cut a frustrated figure for the entire match with his opponents doing an excellent job of keeping him fairly quiet.

Ronaldo's rant

And, after the match, he hit back at Iceland in an astonishing and bitter rant.

“Iceland only tried to defend,” he said.

“They had two chances and then did not try to score.

“They celebrated like they had won the European cup of something.

“That’s a small mentality.

“That’s why they’ll do nothing.”

Even the biggest Ronaldo fans will understand that the 31-year-old has really overstepped the mark with those comments. Iceland are the smallest nation to have ever qualified for the European Championships so they have every right to celebrate their excellent result.

Chances to win it for Portugal

The only person the three-time Ballon d’Or winner should be annoying with is himself. He had opportunities to swing the match in Portugal’s favour but he failed to connect with a volley in the first half, put a header straight at the goalkeeper in the second-half, while he blasted two free-kicks into the wall in injury-time.

In total, Ronaldo had 11 shots during the match but could only manage to hit two on target.

The result leaves Group F wide open after Hungary shocked Austria 2-0 earlier in the day. Portugal will take on the Austrians in the next fixture in a crunch match as they both desperately need the win.

Of course, this isn’t the first rant Ronaldo has gone on after a match. In February, after Real Madrid had lost the Madrid derby, the forward slammed his teammates, saying: "If we were all at my level, maybe we would be leaders.”

Maybe he should calm down after matches before giving post-match interviews in future.

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