PARIS: Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo revealed that Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann once taunt him with the words that he ‘hates’ him.
In an interview with the France Football, the Portuguese captain said that he met Griezmann randomly while on vacation, where he came to his table and passed those comments.
“I met Antoine Griezmann in a restaurant while I was on vacation in Miami,” said Ronaldo. “He was dining with his fiancée, but he came over to my table and said with a sly smile 'Cristiano, I hate you!’.”
The 31-year-old further revealed that he got the impression that French team thought they were going to “win easily" and "smiled a lot" before the final of the Euro 2016 in Stade de France in July.
The Portuguese Football federation on Friday published a video in which Ronaldo, bare-chested in the changing room, thanked coach Fernando Santos, his teammates and staff, for "the happiest moment of [his] life."
Concerning his bid for a fourth world footballer of the year title, Ronaldo said he felt "rather confident and relaxed" after what he called the best season of his career, in which he also won the Champions League with Los Blancos.
Ronaldo -- Ballon d'Or winner in 2008, 2013 and 2014 -- is an overwhelming favourite to reclaim the award in January after finishing top-scorer in the Champions League with 16 goals, as well as his Euro 2016 title.
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