Fans are always intrigued at what is said between the top stars during and after a huge match, and they don’t come much bigger than the final of a European Championships.
Fresh from his hat-trick in the Madrid derby at the weekend, Cristiano Ronaldo has enlightened us all as to what exactly Antoine Griezmann had to say to him after the final of Euro 2016 over the summer.
Ronaldo, who of course was tearfully taken away on a stretcher after suffering an injury in the showpiece game, was able to celebrate a glorious triumph for his Portugal side over the hosts, France.
Now, the Portugal captain has revealed in amusing fashion to France Football what Griezmann, one of the biggest stars of the tournament, said to him after France’s exit.
“It’s funny,” Ronaldo told France Football. “Because shortly after the final, while I was on vacation in Miami, I met Antoine Griezmann in a restaurant where he was dining with his fiancee.
“He came over to my table and said with a sly smile: ‘Cristiano, I hate you!’”
Ronaldo then suggested that overconfidence may have been responsible for France’s defeat on home soil.
“I was convinced that serenity was the key to everything. We knew we had a big advantage in that we were not the favourites,” Ronaldo added.
“When we started warming up on the pitch, I felt the French looked a bit too relaxed. They were smiling a lot. You have the right to smile before a game but they all seemed very happy.
“The French thought they would win easily – at least that’s the impression we got.”