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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Gosens jersey snub resurfaces following Germany’s win over Portugal: ‘He didn’t even look at me’

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Gosens jersey snub resurfaces following Germany’s win over Portugal: ‘He didn’t even look at me’

An interesting story centering on a previous interaction between Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin Gosens has come back to the fore in a major way this evening.

Germany 4-2 Portugal

Ronaldo and Gosens were back in action a short time ago, when their respective nations faced off in a Euro 2020 group stage clash.

Portugal entered the matchup with their tails up, eyeing a 2nd successive victory to open their campaign, after downing Hungary by three goals to nil earlier this week.

Hosts Germany, on the other hand, were desperate for a first 3-point haul in the competition, after being put to the sword by France in their own ‘group of death’ opener.

And, when all was said and done, get back on track is precisely what Die Mannschaft managed.

A thrilling 90 minutes, during which Jogi Low’s men thoroughly impressed, eventually saw them emerge on the right side of a 4-2 scoreline.

After Cristiano Ronaldo opened the game’s scoring early on, own goals from both Ruben Dias and Raphael Guerreiro quickly turned the matchup on its head before the break:

This was followed by a Germany 3rd courtesy of Kai Havertz early in the 2nd-half, before Robin Gosens added some gloss to the scoreline on the hour mark:

Diogo Jota did manage to pull one back for Portugal a short time later, but the damage had long been done.

‘He didn’t even look at me’

Of the host of star performers on the side of the victorious Germans in Munich this afternoon, none shone more brightly than wing-back Robin Gosens.

The Atalanta man surged up and down the left flank with pace and vigour throughout the clash, proving far more than Nelson Semedo could handle, and even chipping in with two goal contributions.

In turn, with Gosens having gotten the better one of the greatest players to ever grace the planet – Cristiano Ronaldo – on the day, it feels only right to highlight a previous interaction between the pair, which may have otherwise slipped through the cracks.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Gosens jersey snub resurfaces following Germany’s win over Portugal: ‘He didn’t even look at me’

TURIN, ITALY – MARCH 02: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus celebrates his 3-0 opening goal during the Serie A match between Juventus and Spezia Calcio at Allianz Stadium on March 02, 2021 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Giorgio Perottino/Getty Images)

In his biography, ‘Dreams are Worthwhile’, Gosens recalled the moment, following a Coppa Italia meeting between Atalanta and Juventus back in 2019 (which the former won 3-0), that Ronaldo point blank refused to swap shirts with him:

‘After the game against Juventus, I tried to fulfil my dream of having Ronaldo jersey.’

‘After the final whistle I went to him, having not even gone public to celebrate … but Ronaldo did not accept. I asked: ‘Cristiano, can I have your shirt?’ He didn’t even look at me, he just said: ‘No!’

Gosens went on to admit to feeling ‘ashamed’ and ‘small’:

‘I was completely blushed and ashamed. I went away and felt small. You know that moment when something embarrassing happens and you look around to see if anyone noticed it? That’s what I felt and tried to hide it.’

Safe to say that the German got his revenge at the Allianz Arena this afternoon!

 

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This article was edited by Ben Browning.