FORMER ROTHERHAM UNITED defender Kari Arnason has branded Cristiano Ronaldo ‘a sore loser’ after Portugal’s draw with outsiders Iceland in Euro 2016 in St Etienne on Tuesday night.
The Scandinavians battled back from an interval deficit to claim a plucky 1-1 draw with the Portuguese, with Real Madrid superstar Ronaldo scathing of their tactics afterwards - claiming that Iceland had a ‘small mentality’.
But a number of Iceland players have rounded on Ronaldo, including Arnason, with the Malmo player having three memorable years with the Millers and helping the club to back-to-back promotions in 2012-13 and 2013-14.
On the comments of Ronaldo, Arnason, now 33, said: ‘It makes it even sweeter when he’s a sore loser like that.
“I mean, he can say whatever he wants. He didn’t really get a chance today, he got one and he couldn’t put it away. What can I say? Sore loser. Tough s***.
“He’s a fantastic footballer but he’s not a gracious human being and the thing is we almost nicked the win so him saying we weren’t going for the win contradicts that.
“We got a draw and could have nicked it. Obviously we’re not going to create as much chances as a fantastic team like Portugal but his comments are the reason why [Lionel] Messi is always going to be one step ahead of him.”