France midfielder Paul Pogba has followed Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo’s lead by removing one of the sponsored products in front of him during a Euro 2020 press conference.
Paul Pogba removed beer bottle at Euro news conference. (Reuters Photo)
- Paul Pogba removed a bottle of Heineken beer at a Euro 2020 news conference
- Pogba removed the bottle when he sat down to speak to the media
- Ronaldo had also removed soft drink bottles at Euro 2020 press conference
France football star Paul Pogba on Wednesday followed Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo as the midfielder removed a Heineken bottle placed in front of him during a Euro 2020 press conference after his team’s win against Germany at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
Pogba, a practising Muslim, removed the bottle when he sat down to speak to the media after he was named ‘Man of the Match’ in France’s 1-0 Group F win over Germany. Pogba earned the Star of the Match award for his display in the world champions’ 1-0 win over Germany in their Euro 2020 Group F opener on Tuesday.
Pogba : Stay Halal Brothers
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Pogba, 28, delivered several other moments of quality as the link between France’s midfield and the dream attacking trident of Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema.
The move by the Manchester United star comes a day after, Ronaldo pushed aside a couple of Coke bottles that were kept in front of him. The 36-year-old moved the bottles out of the frame and then went on to display a water bottle in front of the press gathered for the conference. Hours later, Coca-Cola, which is also one of the official sponsors of Euro 2020, saw its market value dip by a whopping $4 billion.
In response, Europe’s soccer governing body UEFA said: “Coca-Cola offers a range of drinks to suit different tastes and needs, which are available to players throughout the tournament.” “This includes waters, isotonic sports drinks and juices, coffee and tea, as well as Coca-Cola.”
Pogba’s words after the game would have been music to the ears of Deschamps, as he attempts to add the European crown to the World Cup his side won in Russia in 2018.
“We know we need to live up to our tag as world champions and come out on to the pitch with humility,” Pogba said.
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