Un­der pres­sure Ron­aldo throws re­porter’s mi­cro­phone in lake

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PARIS—Por­tu­gal’s su­per­star cap­tain Cris­tiano Ron­aldo let the ten­sion show as he pre­pared for

The three-time World Player of the Year has had a frus­trat­ing time in France, hit­ting the post with a penalty in Satur­day’s goal-less draw with Aus­tria and fail­ing to score in his side’s open­ing 1-1 draw with min­nows Ice­land.

Por­tu­gal must beat Hun­gary to be sure of qual­i­fy­ing for the last 16 and Ron­aldo snapped when a re­porter from the TV sta­tion of Por­tuguese news­pa­per Cor­reio da Manha ap­proached him dur­ing a team walk in Lyon, just hours be­fore kick-off.

Video of the in­ci­dent shows the re­porter ask­ing: “Ron­aldo, ready for the game to­day?”

With­out a word or a glance at the jour­nal­ist, Ron­aldo grabbed the mi­cro­phone and lobbed it into the wa­ter, then car­ried on with the team stroll.

There is a his­tory of bad blood between Ron­aldo and Cor­reio da Manha, which he suc­cess­fully sued af­ter the Por­tuguese news­pa­per printed de­tails of his pri­vate life.

Por­tu­gal are third in Group F with just two points, leav­ing them with no op­tion but to go flat out for a win against sur­prise lead­ers Hun­gary in a 1600 GMT kick­off.—AFP

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