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Ronaldo has answer to reporter’s question, throws mic into lake

Cristiano Ronaldo was in the news for the wrong reasons once again, this time for throwing a reporter’s microphone into the bottom of a river.

euro 2016 Updated: Jun 22, 2016 19:29 IST
Ronaldo attracted further criticism after missing a penalty against Austria on Saturday.
Ronaldo attracted further criticism after missing a penalty against Austria on Saturday.(AFP)

Usually known for putting the ball in the back of the net, an ability that has thus far deserted him at Euro 2016, Cristiano Ronaldo was in the news for the wrong reasons once again, this time for throwing a reporter’s microphone into the bottom of a lake.

The Real Madrid superstar 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 Portugal’s final Group F game against Hungary on Wednesday.

The reporter said: “Ronaldo, are you prepared for this game today?”, to which the three-time Ballon d’Or winner said nothing, wrestled the microphone from his grasp and chucked it into the water.

Jose Delgado, a correspondent for Portuguese daily A Bola, said that Ronaldo was frustrated by his poor performances.

“The hours before the game are always difficult for the players and I don’t think it’s a good idea they mix with journalists because things like this may happen,” he said.

“Ronaldo has been anxious in the last few days because he didn’t play well in the opening two games. Let’s see what he can do against Hungary and if he can come to his usual level.”

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The Portugal captain has had a frustrating time thus far at the European Championship, hitting the post with his second-half penalty attempt in Saturday’s goalless draw with Austria.

He also drew criticism after slamming Iceland for their “small mentality” after the minnows held Portugal to a 1-1 draw in their opening match.

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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.

Portugal need at least a point against Hungary at the Stade de Lyon to confirm their berth in the last 16.

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.

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