Iceland midfielder Kari Arnason praised Ronaldo for being a “fantastic footballer” but said he was “not a gracious human being” following the Portuguese’s comment after Tuesday’s draw in the ongoing 2016 Euro Championship.
Ronaldo was furious at Iceland’s lack of ambition during the Group F game and accused them of having a “small mentality”.
And the Malmo player who labeled the Portugal captain “bad loser” and “petty” also suggested Lionel Messi, Ronaldo’s long-time rival, was a more loveable character.
“His comments are the reason why Messi is always going to be one step ahead of him. It just makes it sweeter that he is a bad loser.
“We are a small island in the Atlantic Ocean and we got a draw against them.” Arnason stated as quoted on BBC Sport.
Iceland reached Euro 2016 by finishing second in their qualifying group, above the likes of Turkey and the Netherlands, who failed to make it to France.
They are appearing in their first major tournament and are the smallest nation to play at a European Championship finals, with a population of just 330,000.
Recall that Ronaldo after the 1-1 draw in a post-match reaction said: “I thought they’d won the Euros the way they celebrated at the end,” said Ronaldo, who appeared to refuse to shake hands with the Iceland players immediately after the game.
“We tried hard to win and Iceland didn’t try anything. This, in my opinion, shows a small mentality and they are not going to do anything in the competition.”
Birkir Bjarnason’s 50th-minute volley earned Iceland a point against Portugal after Nani had opened the scoring in the first half.