Under pressure Ronaldo throws reporter’s microphone in lake
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