Cristiano Ronaldo, who attacked Iceland's "small mentality", is branded "an ungracious human being" by angry midfielder Kari Arnason
Euro 2016 minnows Iceland hit back at Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo labelling him "not a gracious human being" after he slammed the Atlantic islanders' defensive tactics in a 1-1 draw in Saint-Etienne.
Ronaldo accused Iceland of having a "small mentality" on Tuesday as they prevented the Real Madrid ace from becoming the first man to score in four European championship finals on their debut at a major international tournament.
Ronaldo "not a gracious human being"
"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," said midfielder Kari Arnason, who was on the receiving end of a four-goal Ronaldo haul in their last meeting when Real smashed his Malmo side 8-0 in December.
And Arnason even claimed the humble attitude of Ronaldo's perennial rival for the crown of the world's best player, Lionel Messi, makes him more loveable than Ronaldo.
Humble Messi "more loveable"
"Obviously we're not going to create as much chances as a fantastic team like Portugal, but his comments are the reason why Messi is always going to be one step ahead of him," he said.
Ronaldo had 10 shots on goal, but stormed off the pitch at full-time in frustration as he was denied by Iceland's dogged defence and a great display from goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson.
"Sore Loser" got "beaten up"
Former Iceland international Hermann Hreidarsson branded Ronaldo a "sore loser", claiming he had been "beaten up" by Iceland's tireless hard work. "He thought he could have goals handed to him on a plate," Hreidarsson, who made 89 international appearances, told the BBC.
"If he would have worked as hard as every Icelandic player, he wouldn't have had to say anything because I'm sure he would have got his rewards. "He didn't fancy it on the day and he just got beaten up."