Cristiano Ronaldo cut a frustrated figure after Portugal’s 1-1 draw with Iceland on Tuesday.
The Portuguese superstar was angry that his side had failed to secure all three points and refused to swap shirts with Iceland’s Aron Gunnarsson on the pitch.
This led to accusations that Ronaldo had told the Icelandic midfielder: “Swap shirts? Who are you?”
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However, we can now state that this information - originally from German publication Bild and relayed by Catalan newspaper Sport - isn’t accurate.
Gunnarsson has nipped it in the bud by revealing that Ronaldo said nothing of the sort.
Gunnarsson: This is what Ronaldo said to me
"It's true that I asked for the shirt," Gunnarsson was quoted as saying by Marca. "He didn't ask who I was though. He said that there was no problem, but inside the dressing room.
"I'm tired of this story. I want to focus on the next game, this is the past and I have nothing left to say."
It doesn't excuse Ronaldo's comments on Iceland
Unfortunately, though, there’s no defending the petulant comments Ronaldo made about Iceland after the match.
“Iceland didn’t try anything,” the Portuguese captain was quoted as saying by the Guardian. “They were just defend, defend, defend and playing on the counterattack. It was a lucky night for them. We should have three points but we are OK.
“I thought they’d won the Euros the way they celebrated at the end. It was unbelievable. When they don’t try to play and just defend, defend, defend, this in my opinion shows a small mentality and they are not going to do anything in the competition.”
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