CRISTIANO RONALDO threw a reporter’s microphone into a lake after reacting angrily to being question about his readiness ahead of Portugal’s critical Euro 2016 tie with Hungary.
The 31-year-old was caught on camera reacting angrily as a Portuguese reporter approached him and asked “are you ready for the match” while the Portugal team took a walk ahead of their clash with Hungary in Lyon.
Ronaldo can be seen snatching the microphone from the reporter’s hands before throwing it into a nearby lake much to the bemusement of the reporter before he is ushered away by security.
Portugal’s record goalscorer has come under heavy criticism after failing to find the net during his side’s two opening draws and failure to beat Hungary could mean that they fail to make it out of the group stages of the competition.
The Real Madrid star’s mixed performances and mood have caused concerns for Portuguese media after reports he has been miserable during his team’s training sessions.
Portugal manager Fernando Santos has dismissed fears over his star player.
He said: “The day after the first game you said Cristiano was all smiles.
“After the first match your stories were Cristiano was all smiles and now it is that he’s not smiling. I am sure he will get over everything and do what he does best.
“He’s proved that what he does best is score and I’m sure he will do everything to be anxiety free to score.”
This is not the first time Ronaldo has had a run-in with Portuguese 24-hour news channel CMTV.
While on international duty in 2014, Ronaldo refused to answer a question from a female journalist – claiming he had never heard of the station.
Ronaldo is yet to find the net during Euro 2016, and missed a penalty during his nation’s 0-0 draw with Austria.
The player’s frustrations started after their first match against Iceland who were making their first appearance at a major international competition.
He said: “We tried hard to win the game, Iceland didn’t try anything. They scored a goal, they created a couple of chances in the 90 minutes but otherwise they got every player behind the ball. They parked a bus in the net. It was a lucky night for them.
“I thought they’d won the Euros the way they celebrated at the end, it was unbelievable.
“When they don’t try to play and just defend, defend, defend this in my opinion shows a small mentality and are not going to do anything in the competition.”
After match against Hungary
Real Madrid star set up Portugal’s equaliser when he played a piercing ball for Nani to drive in a low shot which beat Gabor Kiraly at his near post.
“A crazy game, we were out of the European Championship three times, and we were always chasing the game,” said Ronaldo.
“It’s not every team that manages to beat Spain, so we respect them [Croatia]. But we know our strength, we know our worth, and we’ll look them in the eyes.”
Hungary manager Bernd Storck: “I think it’s a dream for the whole of Hungary – I’m speechless. The fans really supported us in the two previous games, but today it was even better.”
Portugal coach Fernando Santos: “This is what Cristiano is all about. He has to score because he’s a winner. He plays up front and feeds on goals. This game increased his confidence levels.”