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Stanislav Cherchesov was not swayed by the advice of Cristiano Ronaldo as the Russia boss downed a bottle of Coca-Cola in his post-match press conference.
The former goalkeeper treated himself to a bottle of the soft drink in the wake of his side’s 1-0 victory over Finland in Euro 2020 on Wednesday as he addressed the media.
Whilst we are currently being treated to a festival of football at the European Championships, the tournament is also giving way to plenty of talking points away from the pitch.
One such incident was earlier this week when Portugal star Ronaldo – who scored twice in his side’s victory over Hungary on Tuesday – moved the bottles of Coca-Cola away from him ahead of his press conference.
Russia boss Stanislav Cherchesov (right) toasted the win over Finland with a bottle of Coke
The 36-year-old superstar moved both bottles of the soft drink – which are placed in front of every individual at press conferences throughout the tournament – to the side before giving the advice to “drink water” instead.
Much has been made over Ronaldo’s comments and the fact that Coca-Cola lost $4billion in its market value following on from that media appearance by the Juventus star – although it is unclear if the two are directly linked.
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Ronaldo is known as somewhat of a fitness freak due to his motivation to maintain his physique and conditioning – which largely explains why he is still such a prolific goal scorer, despite now being aged 36.
When the former Manchester United star moved away the bottles of the fizzy drink during his pre-match press conference on Monday, it would have been met with nodding approval from many health experts.
Ronaldo hit the headlines for removing the coke bottles
(Image: Handout via REUTERS)
However, Russia boss Cherchesov was not among those to take heed of Ronaldo’s advice as he not only kept the Coca-Cola bottles in front of him but proceeded to slurp down one of the drinks in the aftermath of his side’s triumph.
It came following on from his side’s 1-0 triumph over Finland thanks to a superb strike from Aleksei Miranchuk – meaning Russia bounced back from an underwhelming opening 3-0 defeat to Belgium, with the latest triumph giving them hope of advancing through to the knockout stages.
UEFA – European football’s governing body who organise the European Championships and it is sponsorship – issued a statement to react to Ronaldo’s worst, claiming that ‘everyone is entitled to their drink preferences’ and that everyone has different ‘tastes and needs’.
It has since been added that: “Players are offered water, alongside Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, on arrival at our press conferences.”
Ronaldo’s words do appear to have had a follow-up impact with other players too – Italy’s Manuel Locatelli also moved the Coca-Cola bottles away at his press conference following his Man of the Match display against Switzerland.
Paul Pogba – a devout Muslim – moved away a bottle of beer following France’s 1-0 win over Germany earlier this week.