Cristiano Ronaldo Reportedly Acted Rudely to Shirt Swap Request vs. Iceland

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJune 17, 2016

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts  during the Euro 2016 Group F soccer match between Portugal and Iceland at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
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Cristiano Ronaldo cut a frustrated figure after Portugal's 1-1 draw with Iceland on Tuesday, not only blasting the team for their celebrations but also reportedly saying "who are you?" to Aron Gunnarsson when he asked to swap shirts with him. 

According to German outlet Bild (h/t Sport), "after he was twice ignored in the changing rooms," Ronaldo told captain Gunnarsson: "Swap shirts? Who are you?"

However, Gunnarsson has denied the report, per Goal.com:

He said "inside" [the tunnel], there was no problem. He wasn't asking who I was. He's not like that as a person, even though I don't know him. I asked him for his shirt and he said 'inside'. The rumours are not true. ... It's something I wanted to do. I am a big Manchester United fan and he played for Manchester United so that's why I wanted to change shirts with him.

Indeed, while Iceland—who are enjoying their first-ever appearance at a major tournament and are the smallest nation to ever qualify for the European Championship, according to UEFA—have won the hearts of many neutrals with their Cinderella story, Ronaldo is obviously not getting swept up in the fairy tale.

The revelation comes after the forward caused controversy with his comments to the media after the match, as shared by the Mirror's Ed Malyon:

Ed Malyon @eaamalyon

More Ronaldo: "They celebrated like they had won the Euro cup or something. That's a small mentality. That's why they'll do nothing."

Football writer Miguel Delaney was unimpressed with the Real Madrid star's comments, particularly after he was guilty of missing a chance he normally would have buried:

Miguel Delaney @MiguelDelaney

Bitter and fairly pathetic stuff from Ronaldo. Not their fault you didn't turn up, and badly wasted your only chance.

As the likes of Bleacher Report UK's Sam Tighe and BT Sport's Jake Humphrey were quick to point out, Ronaldo also has a history of celebrating his goals rather excessively:

Sam Tighe @stighefootball

Some miss my point here. Iceland achieved something. First Euros, first goal. Great moments. It's fine to celebrate those. Ronaldo does...!

Jake Humphrey @mrjakehumphrey

That moment when Ronaldo moans about players celebrating too much... 👀 https://t.co/6iuFDJiaU3

It's not the first time the 31-year-old—who it's fair to say has never lacked for confidence—has grabbed headlines with controversial comments. Per Bild (h/t Sport), he once said: "I receive envy because I'm rich, handsome and a great player."

Meanwhile, according to the Guardian's Daniel Taylor, after the 2014 FIFA World Cup he offered the following explanation as to why he took part despite carrying an injury into the tournament: "I’m not going to lie to you. If we had two or three Cristiano Ronaldos in the team I would feel more comfortable. But we don’t."

More recently, the forward gave his take on why Los Blancos were trailing Barcelona in La Liga following a 1-0 defeat to local rivals Atletico Madrid in February, per journalist Arancha Rodriguez (h/t ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan):

Dermot Corrigan @dermotmcorrigan

Ronaldo in mixed zone "If we were all at my level, maybe we would be leaders." [via @AranchaMOBILE ]

The draw left Portugal and Iceland level in second place in Group F, in which Hungary put a cat among the pigeons by beating Austria.

Portugal can finish third in the group and potentially still reach the knockout stages, but they'll need to offer a significant improvement on their first showing if they're to go far.

Aside from this one, Ronaldo has scored at every major international tournament in which he's played—a fine record considering he made his first appearance in one back in UEFA Euro 2004—but he's yet to truly set one alight.

He won't have many more opportunities do so after this one, so he would do well to focus on his own game rather than criticising his opponents.


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