Robin Gosens dropped a masterclass in Germany’s 4-2 win over Portugal – and he’ll no doubt have been pleased to have taken the headlines away from Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Atalanta star was named ‘Star of the Match’ by UEFA after capping off a marauding display up and down the left flank with two assists and a goal.
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Robin Gosens 🌟 pic.twitter.com/2dUn0gXoOh
— B/R Football (@brfootball) June 19, 2021
The 26-year-old was the man everyone was talking about after the six-goal thriller at the Allianz Arena and you get the feeling he will have enjoyed it even more because of an embarrassing moment he had involving Portugal talisman Ronaldo in the past.
Gosens has lined up against Ronaldo in Serie A and on one occasion, asked the Juventus superstar for his shirt. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was not in the mood for swapping shirts and Gosens was left feeling “ashamed” and “small”.
He recalled the story in his biography ‘Dreams are worthwhile.’
“After the game against Juventus, I tried to fulfil my dream of having Ronaldo jersey,” Gosens wrote, as perGoal.com,
“After the final whistle I went to him, having not even gone public to celebrate … but Ronaldo did not accept.
“I asked: ‘Cristiano, can I have your shirt?’ He didn’t even look at me, he just said: ‘No!’ I was completely blushed and ashamed. I went away and felt small.
“You know that moment when something embarrassing happens and you look around to see if anyone noticed it? That’s what I felt and tried to hide it.”
April: Ronaldo left Gosens hanging when he asked for his shirt.
June: Gosens gets the better of Ronaldo at EURO 2020. pic.twitter.com/lmrDj9jQt1
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 19, 2021
When Cristiano Ronaldo refused to swap jerseys with Robin Gosens. Rejection can be an incredible motivator. pic.twitter.com/EWgiE24FbD
— Cristian Nyari (@Cnyari) June 19, 2021
Germany’s left-wing back Robin Gosens once said this about Cristiano Ronaldo. 💀 pic.twitter.com/f1x7IMoFpY
— FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) June 19, 2021
Hilariously,Gosens’ Atalanta teammate Hans Hateboer gifted him a Ronaldo shirt andcaptured his priceless reaction as he opened the present in the dressing room.
Hans Hateboer bought Robin Gosens a Cristiano Ronaldo shirt to make up for him being rejected after a game 😂 pic.twitter.com/eCBp8NSumN
— Conor Clancy (@ConJClancy) April 13, 2021
After Saturday’s outing, however, it really ought to have been Ronaldo asking for Gosens’ shirt.
This time, the former Heracles Almelo did not make a request for Ronaldo’s shirt after the game and instead collected a much deserved award for a wonderfully energetic performance.
“I didn’t ask him for his shirt, as I want to enjoy the victory and this evening,”Gosens told Sky Sport Italia post-match.