Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has claimed that Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann jokingly said that he hates him shortly after Euro 2016.
Ronaldo’s Portugal beat Griezmann’s France in the final of Euro 2016. Prior to that Ronaldo was part of the Real Madrid team that overcame Atletico in the Champions League final.
As reported by goal, Ronaldo told France Football: “It’s funny. Because shortly after the final, while I was on vacation in Miami, I met Antoine Griezmann in a restaurant where he was dining with his fiancee. He came over to my table and said with a sly smile: ‘Cristiano, I hate you!’”
Although he experienced heartbreak in the final, Griezmann was excellent for France at Euro 2016 and he has started this campaign in impressive fashion, scoring six goals in eleven La Liga fixtures.
France were overwhelming favourites to win the tournament after Portugal failed to convince en route to the final.
But Portugal had other ideas as Eder scored the winning goal in extra time in Paris to give the country their first major trophy.
“I was convinced that serenity was the key to everything. We knew we had a big advantage in that we were not the favourites,” Ronaldo added.
“When we started warming up on the pitch, I felt the French looked a bit too relaxed. They were smiling a lot. You have the right to smile before a game but they all seemed very happy.
“The French thought they would win easily – at least that’s the impression we got.”
Ronaldo came back to haunt Griezmann again last week, scoring a hat-trick as LaLiga leaders Madrid accounted for Atletico 3-0 in the derby.
After enduring a disrupted start to the season because of injury, Ronaldo has been impressive of late, with his contributions helping to take Real top of La Liga, four points clear of their closest challengers Barcelona.
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