French midfielder Paul Pogba pulled out a bottle of Heineken in front of him at a Euro 2020 press conference, a day after Portugal’s captain Cristiano Ronaldo recalled two bottles of Coca-Cola, sparking a furor among fans of the football.
Pogba, a practicing Muslim, withdrew the beer bottle when he sat down to speak to the media on Tuesday after being named player of the match in France’s 1-0 Group F win over Germany.
Heineken, one of the official sponsors of Euro 2020, was not immediately available for comment.
First Ronaldo with Coca-Cola …
Now Paul Pogba was not happy with the Heineken in front of him at his press conference 🍺❌ pic.twitter.com/SU1ifQPGOP
– Goal (@goal) June 16, 2021
Ronaldo, known for his top fitness levels, set aside the cola bottles as he sat down to talk to the media ahead of Tuesday’s Group F opener against Hungary.
The 36-year-old man held up a bottle of water and said “Water” in Portuguese, in the headlines.
There is a reason why Cristiano Ronaldo is in such incredible shape. He turned down two bottles of soda at a press conference, telling people to drink water 😳
The Portuguese is obsessive about health and fitness, who treats his body like a temple 💪 pic.twitter.com/4MBFYdvh2T
– Goal in Spanish (@Goal_en_espanol) June 16, 2021
Shares of the beverage giant fell 1.6% on Monday, eliminating about $ 4 billion from the company’s market capitalization, following Ronaldo’s snub.
In response, the governing body of European football, UEFA, said: “Coca-Cola offers a variety of drinks to suit different tastes and needs, which are available to players throughout the tournament.”
“This includes waters, juices and sports isotonic drinks, coffee and tea, as well as Coca-Cola.”
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