Cristiano Ronaldo was in no mood to pander to sponsors on Monday night as he removed two Coca-Cola bottles placed in front of him at a Euro 2020 press conference.
The health-obsessed 36-year-old – who has previously revealed that it irritates him when his son drinks fizzy drinks – moved the two bottles away from his chair before shouting in Portuguese: ‘Drink water!’
He then brandished a water bottle and placed it in front of himself for the remainder of the interview, muttering ‘Coca-Cola’ with noticeable disdain.
Ronaldo was speaking ahead of Portugal’s first game of the delayed Euro 2020 football tournament which the team will play against Hungary today at 5pm (GMT) in Hungary’s capital Budapest.
Neither official sponsors Coca-Cola or UEFA – the European football governing body behind the tournament – have commented on Ronaldo’s press conference.
The two organisations are unlikely to be happy about one of the world’s most influential sports stars’ public show of disdain towards the product during a tournament Coca-Cola has been a partner of for over 30 years – since 1988.
Cristiano Ronaldo moved away the Coco-Cola bottles at the start of his press conference
As an official sponsor of Euro 2020 the drink was on display as Ronaldo entered the room
But his disdain was clear to see as he shouted ‘drink water’ having removed the Coke bottles
Ronaldo, considered by many to be one of the greatest footballers to have ever played the game, is notoriously fastidious about his diet and exercise regime.
His laser focus on fitness and well-being has has allowed him to continue playing at an elite level well into his 30s when many players retire.
The Portuguese has previously revealed that his diet consists of six mini-meals spread throughout the day, featuring plenty of fruit, vegetables, wholegrain carbs and clean protein such as fish, chicken or turkey cooked without oil.
His favourite dish is a Portuguese classic called Bacalhau à Brás that consists of layers of cod, onions, thinly sliced potatoes and black olives on top of eggs.
He has previously spoken about how he avoids sugary foods, saying: ‘A good workout must be combined with a good diet. I eat a high protein diet, with lots of wholegrain carbs, fruit and vegetables and avoid sugary foods.’
Mostly, the sportsman drinks water – though revealed that he enjoys the occasional glass of juice with breakfast and wine with dinner.
Ronaldo – who currently plies his trade for Italian club Juventus, based in Turin – employs a personal dietitian who has reportedly been with him since he was playing for Real Madrid in Spain.
In terms of training, Ronaldo is thought to work out for three to four hours at a time, five days a week, and swears by a mixture of cardio, weights and football drills to keep himself in top physical condition.
His cardio sessions include several running sessions, each lasting for between 25 to 30 minutes, which he combines with short period exercises such as high-intensity sprint drills.
Eight hours of sleep per night to help keep up his ‘mental strength’ rounds out the routine of one of the fittest men on the planet.
Speaking last year, Ronaldo revealed his frustration that his young son doesn’t necessarily possess the same obsession with his fitness that he does.
The Portuguese captain is always notoriously obsessive about his diet and fitness regime
Coca-Cola is unlikely to be thrilled about one of the world’s most influential sports stars’ public show of disdain towards its product during a tournament the company has been a partner of for over 30 years – since 1988. Pictured: A Coca Cola marketing stand during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship at Largo dei Lombardi on June 12, 2021 in Rome, Italy
‘We’ll see if my son will become a great footballer,’ Ronaldo said at the Global Soccer Awards ceremony,’ he said.
‘Sometimes he drinks coke and eats crisps and it irritates me, he knows that.
‘Sometimes I tell my son to take a dip in cold water to recover after a run on the treadmill and he says, “Dad, it’s so cold there”. That’s fine, he is only 10 years old.’
Fans can expect Ronaldo to be in peak condition when Portugal get their Euro 2020 campaign underway on Tuesday against Hungary.
It is vital they get off to a strong start despite having to cope with the Budapest crowd, with matches to come against France and Germany in Group F.
Ronaldo has previously revealed that it irritates him when his 10-year-old son Cristiano Jr. (pictured right with his father) drinks fizzy drinks
The Portuguese captain will become the first player to appear in five European Championships should he lead his country out as expected, and Ronaldo spoke of what he sees as the key to achieving such longevity.
‘The most intelligent thing about a footballer is the ability to adjust,’ Ronaldo said. I am more mature now.
‘If a player wants to play for many years he needs to know how to adjust and adapt and the numbers speak for themselves. From 18 to 36 I have managed to adjust and adapt.
‘I have always been able to win and on a collective level part of a team that has been able to win. I have shown that the key is to adjust all along my career.’