CRISTIANO RONALDO once refused to swap shirts with Robin Gosens – leaving the Germany star ‘feeling small’.
But Gosens, 26, had the last laugh on Saturday as he scored in the Germans’ 4-2 rout of Portugal – also taking home the Man of the Match award.
Robin Gosens revealed Cristiano Ronaldo rejected his request to swap shirts earlier in his career, with the German getting his revenge with a 4-2 Euro 2020 win over GermanyCredit: EPA
Ronaldo snubbed Gosens’ request during a game between Atalanta and JuventusCredit: Getty
Ronaldo got Portugal off to a flyer by polishing off a rapid counter-attack.
But two own goals, a Kai Havertz strike and a cherry on top from Gosens meant Diogo Jota’s goal – from a Ronaldo assist – was mere consolation.
And for Gosens, he would have been doubly happy to have got the three points in the Group of Death.
Earlier in his career, Gosens revealed he attempted to fulfil a lifelong dream of swapping shirts with his idol, Ronaldo, after he joined Serie A side Juventus in 2018 – only to be sent packing.
Writing in his biography Dreams Are Worthwhile, Gosens recalled: “After the game against Juventus, I tried to fulfil my dream of having Ronaldo’s 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!'”
“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.”
Incredibly, Gosens has NEVER lost in the six matches he’s played against Ronaldo.
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