Iceland’s Aron Gunnarsson and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo exchanged words at full-time.
Cardiff City ace Aron Gunnarsson has leapt to the defence of Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo following rumours of the latter displaying a level of arrogance, Fourfourtwo report.
Following Iceland’s heroic 1-1 draw with Portugal, Cardiff’s Gunnarsson was picked up by television cameras approaching the Real Madrid man and asking for his shirt at full-time.
Ronaldo appeared to reject the midfielder’s advances, and reports soon appeared around the world that the Portuguese superstar responded with arrogance by asking ‘You want my shirt? Who are you?’
Gunnarsson, however, has denied such claims as he says Ronaldo replied he would inside the tunnel and away from the cameras, before adding his opponent isn’t arrogant like that as a person.
“He said ‘inside’ [the tunnel], there was no problem. He wasn’t asking who I was. He’s not like that as a person. I asked him for his shirt and he said ‘inside’. The rumours are not true.” Gunnarsson told Fourfourtwo.
Ronaldo has built up a reputation as being a bit of a sore loser, yet his frustrations at the end of the game were understandable as Portugal bossed the encounter and had plenty of chances to win.
Iceland’s performance was magnificent considering the task before them, and Gunnarsson was one of the outstanding players on the pitch as the Cardiff man put in a real defensive shift.
The former Coventry City man is the only player to represent the Bluebirds at the European Championships.