REVEALED: Cristiano Ronaldo ‘was muttering in Portuguese and ignored requests for his shirt four times’ in his post-match storm-off, says Andros Townsend… who DID eventually get hold of his kit!
- Andros Townsend copied Cristiano Ronaldo’s trademark celebration on Saturday
- Ronaldo stormed off the pitch after United dropped points at Old Trafford
- Everton star asked Portuguese for his shirt ‘three or four times’ after the game
- Townsend said Ronaldo was ‘muttering to himself in Portuguese’ as he left pitch
- The Toffees winger eventually managed to get hold of shirt in the dressing room
Andros Townsend has revealed that a moody Cristiano Ronaldo ignored his request for his shirt four times after Everton frustrated Manchester United in Saturday’s 1-1 draw.
The Portuguese star stormed off the pitch after United dropped more points against the Toffees at Old Trafford, with Townsend, who copied Ronaldo’s trademark ‘Siu’ celebration after scoring Everton’s equaliser, chasing after him in an attempt to get his famous No 7 shirt.
The former Spurs and Crystal Palace winger caught up with the 36-year-old, who appeared to take little notice of him and kept walking towards the tunnel.
Andros Townsend asked Cristiano Ronaldo for his shirt after the final whistle on Saturday
The Everton winger revealed that Ronaldo ignored ‘three or four’ requests for his No 7 shirt
TV footage showed Ronaldo uttering a few words while looking straight ahead as Townsend patted him on the back, but the Everton man has since revealed that the former Real Madrid superstar was speaking to himself instead, rather than him.
‘I made it my goal that I was not leaving Old Trafford without Cristiano Ronaldo’s shirt,’ Townsend told talkSPORT Breakfast on Monday.
‘You saw after the final whistle, I ran straight to him, I don’t know what he was muttering but it wasn’t English.’
Eventually, however, Townsend, who has now scored five goals in nine games for Everton since joining on a free transfer last summer, persuaded Ronaldo to hand over his shirt.
The Portuguese superstar stormed off the pitch after United dropped points against Everton
Townsend eventually managed to get hold of Ronaldo’s shirt and posted it on Instagram
‘He was muttering in Portuguese and I asked him three or four times for his shirt and eventually he gave in and said he would give it to me inside.’
‘I had to wait inside the dressing room and thankfully the kit man was able to sort it for me. That shirt I am going to keep with me.’
Speaking about his decision to copy Ronaldo’s famous celebration, Townsend explained it was not a spur-of-the-moment decision.
‘We were discussing it on the coach the day before on the way up to Manchester. The boys were saying, would you do it if you scored?’ he added.
‘I said yeah, but the one thing they said was make sure you are winning or it is late in the game, so Ronaldo doesn’t have a chance to reply.
Townsend runs towards the away end at Old Trafford after scoring a brilliant equaliser
The 30-year-old jumps into the air to pull off Ronaldo’s trademark ‘Siu’ celebration on Saturday
Townsend was concerned that Ronaldo would make him look ‘silly’ by scoring a goal himself
‘I got a bit carried away, almost buckled and fell on my back, I looked up at the clock and it was 65 minutes. I gave the greatest player half an hour to make me look silly and score the winner. Thankfully he didn’t.
‘[I went] very early, every ball that went into the box I thought he was going to make me look a complete fool. Thankfully we held out for the point in the end.’
Ex-United defender Gary Neville was less than impressed with Ronaldo’s decision to storm down the tunnel, claiming the Portuguese’s actions will pile ‘immense pressure’ on under-fire boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville said: ‘I watched him walk off and I can’t say I like it.
‘Is Cristiano upset when he doesn’t play? Yes. Is Cristiano upset when he doesn’t score? Yes. Is Cristiano annoyed as hell when the team don’t win? Of course.
‘We know those things. He doesn’t have to prove that.
‘He walked off the pitch muttering to himself, which throws the questions up in the air – what’s he saying? Who is he annoyed with?
‘It can only come back to the manager. Actions like that – and Cristiano is smart enough to know this – will bring real pressure on the manager, more pressure than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is already under.
‘I think that is something that just has to be managed in the next couple of months. Cristiano is not always going to score, he’s maybe not going to play every single game.
‘But I think if he walks off like that, it’s going to put immense pressure on Solskjaer. There’s no doubt the talk after the game was about the manager.
‘He has this collection of players but they haven’t got this style of play, they haven’t got this or that. He didn’t pick Ronaldo…’
Townsend, meanwhile, as hit the ground running since moving to Goodison Park from Palace on a free transfer in the summer, scoring five goals and assisting a further three in nine appearances in all competitions.
The draw left Everton level on 14 points with United and Manchester City, a point adrift of Liverpool and two behind league leaders Chelsea.
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