The stress of no goals in Euro 2016 and the pressure of an entire nation's expectations seems to be getting to Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who reacted violently to a reporter trying to ask him some questions
Comparisons between Argentine Lionel Messi and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo are common and inevitable. After all, the duo are two of the best strikers currently and they play for arch rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid.
So it's was a strange coincidence that Messi was trending worldwide for his astounding free-kick goal and for becoming Argentina's top goalscorer, Ronaldo was also trending, but for the wrong reasons.
An Iceland supporter holds a picture of Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo before the Euro 2016 group F football match between Iceland and Austria at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, near Paris on Wednesday. Pic/AFP
The temperamental Portuguese forward has yet to open his goal scoring account in the Euro 2016 and even missed a penalty. His lack of form has hurt Portugal's chances, which now hinge on their match against Hungary.
Portugal needs at least a point at the Stade de Lyon to qualify for the last 16 in Euro 2016.
The 31-year-old has endured a frustrating time in France, hitting the post with his second-half penalty attempt in Saturday's goal-less draw with Austria.
He has also been criticised for slamming Iceland for their "small mentality" after the minnows held Portugal to a 1-1 draw in their opening match.
The stress of no goals and the pressure of an entire nation's expectations seems to be getting to Ronaldo.
The Real Madrid star was in no mood to talk when a reporter from the TV station of Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha approached him during a morning team walk at a lake in Lyon, just hours before kick-off of Portugal's crunch Euro 2016 match against Hungary.
Not wanting to be bothered, Ronaldo threw the reporter's microphone into the lake. It seems to be his way of saying "No comments.'
HERE'S THE VIDEO:
The video of the incident shows the reporter asking: "Ronaldo, ready for the game today?"
But without a word or glance at the journalist, Ronaldo takes his microphone and throws it in the lake, and carries on with the team stroll nonchalantly.
There is a history of bad blood between Ronaldo and Correio da Manha, who he successfully sued after the Portuguese newspaper printed details of his private life.
Having become Portugal's record caps holder last Saturday against Austria, when he made his 128th appearance, Ronaldo is set to make more history.
If he scores, he will become the first player to do so at four consecutive Euro tournaments.
He will also become the player to have played the most matches at a European Championship finals with 17 appearances.
(With Agency Inputs)
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