Soccer legend Cristiano Ronaldo has sent soccer fans into hysterics after distancing himself from bottles of Coca-Cola at a pre-match press conference ahead of defending champions Portugal’s Euro 2020 opener against Hungary.
In a viral clip that has been watched more than 1.2 million times, the Juventus forward sits down next to the Portugal national team’s press officer in readiness for questions from reporters.
Noticing two bottles of the soft drink in front of him, he grimaces and rocks back in his chair, wondering what to do.
Wasting no time, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner then moves the offending items out of shot and shows a preference for water by taking a bottle of it and saying its Portuguese name, “agua”, before muttering “Coca-Cola” to himself.
Opinion was dived among fans over whether the 36-year-old icon had done the right thing.
Some considered his intervention a show of disrespect for one of the tournament’s main sponsors, warning that he “shouldn’t have done that”, while others suggested the captain may have acted merely because the drinks giant is not on the list of his many sponsors.