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Cristiano Ronaldo was the hero again for Portugal on Wednesday night as he scored two penalties to secure a 2-2 draw against France and progression to the Round of 16 of Euro 2020.
The superstar’s goal equalled the all-time goal scoring international record of 109 goals – set in 2006 by Iranian striker Ali Daei – but he had to stay alert due to actions from those in the stadium.
A Coca-Cola bottle was one of a series of objects thrown at the Portuguese forward from the stands in Budapest, while the star also had to be protected from a pitch invader.
Multiple missiles and drinks were hurled at Ronaldo as he netted his second goal in the pulsating encounter, including a Coca-Cola bottle.
Ronaldo had a Coca-Cola bottle thrown at him during the match
(Image: Robert Michael / Avalon)
Last week, Ronaldo was at the centre of a widely shared press conference in which he moved bottles of the fizzy drink out of camera shot.
The 36-year-old moved both bottles of the soft drink – which are placed in front of every individual at a press conference 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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The bottle of Coca-Cola was one of the objects hurled in the star’s direction after he netted his second penalty early in the second half, with one of the missiles appearing to strike the back of his neck, with Ronaldo subsequently rubbing that area as if he had been hit.
It was a busy night for the stadium’s security staff, who also had to stop a pitch invader from getting close to the former Real Madrid forward.
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The star continues to break multiple records – Wednesday night also saw him pass the record number of goals at major finals which was previously set by Germany striker Miroslav Klose (19).
Ronaldo has now scored five goals at this summer’s European Championships – three of which have been penalties, as he scored twice against both Hungary and France, alongside a goal against Germany.
He is now the leading scorer in Euro 2020.
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.
UEFA – European football’s governing body who organise the European Championships and the sponsorship for the tournament – issued a statement in the aftermath of Ronaldo’s actions, stating t that ‘everyone is entitled to their drink preferences’ and that each individual has different ‘tastes and needs’.
The governing body have gone on to add: “Players are offered water, alongside Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, on arrival at our press conferences.”