Portugal fans mock Cristiano Ronaldo Coca-Cola bottle incident in Germany defeat

Portugal fans lovingly teased Cristiano Ronaldo over his Coca-Cola controversy as they unfurled a hilarious banner during Saturday’s defeat to Germany.

Ronaldo began something of a movement last week when he removed two Coke bottles from view at a press conference, urging onlookers to drink ‘agua’ (water) instead.

The fallout led to UEFA warning teams, players and managers they could be fined if they didn’t follow the rules regarding the tournament’s commercial partners.

Portugal’s Euro 2020 hopes suffered a blow when they lost 4-2 to ‘Group of Death’ opponents Germany in Munich.

But supporters had some fun with their country’s all-time leading scorer, as they displayed a banner which read: ‘Portugal. Water. Coca-Cola. In that order.’

Fans unveiled a hilarious ‘Portugal. Water. Coca-Cola. In that order’ banner for the game against Germany

The slogan was a reference to the famous ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid’ banner held up by Welsh fans in support of Gareth Bale.

Fitness fanatic Ronaldo moved two Coke bottles from sight before producing a bottle of water as he gave a press conference after scoring two goals in Portugal’s opening 3-0 win over Hungary.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba later took away a bottle of non-alcoholic Heineken during a France press conference, while Italy’s Manuel Locatelli followed Ronaldo’s lead by replacing Coca-Cola with water after he starred in his country’s win over Switzerland.

Aston Villa’s John McGinn made light of the situation, joking “nae Coke?” as he walked in for a pre-match press conference ahead of Scotland’s draw with England.

And Ukraine’s Andriy Yarmolenko urged Coca-Cola and Heineken to “please contact me” after moving the branded bottles closer to him.

Euro 2020’s tournament director Martin Kallen responded to the incidents by reiterating the importance of various sponsorship agreements.

“Uefa has reminded participating teams that partnerships are integral to the delivery of the tournament and to ensuring the development of football across Europe, including for youth and women,” said Kallen.

Cristiano Ronaldo moved the bottles to the far side of the table and out of camera shot
Cristiano Ronaldo moved the bottles to the far side of the table and out of camera shot

Pressed on whether players are contractually obliged not to remove the bottles in press conferences, Kallen added: “They are obliged through their federation of the tournament regulations to follow.

“We are never fining players directly from the UEFA side, we will do this always through the participating national association and then they could look if they will go further to the player, but we are not going directly for the moment to the player.

“We have the regulations signed by the participating federations.”

Germany’s win over Portugal on Saturday saw Group F blown wide open after France were earlier held to a draw by Hungary.

Joachim Low’s men were on the verge of losing the first two games of a major competition for the first time in their history after Cristiano Ronaldo’s opener at the Allianz Stadium.

But own goals from Ruben Dias and Raphaël Guerreiro and second-half strikea from Chelsea star Kai Havertz and Robin Gosens completed the turnaround for the hosts, before Diogo Jota added a consolation.

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