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Here’s why Cristiano Ronaldo refused to swap shirts with any of Girona’s players

The Portuguese superstar rejected the requests of the victorious Girona's players

Cristiano Ronaldo’s competitiveness is what has driven him to greatness.

But it’s also earned him a few critics down the years.

The Portuguese superstar was slated by some at the weekend when he refused to swap shirts with any Girona players following Real Madrid’s unexpected 2-1 loss to the Catalan club in La Liga.

A bad day in the office for Ronaldo and Real

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A bad day in the office for Ronaldo and Real

Girona midfielder Alex Granell has revealed what Ronaldo said to him at the end of the game about swapping shirts.

Speaking to Spanish radio, the 29-year-old said: “He said to me that he didn’t want to because he hadn’t like how we had managed the final minutes of the game.”

“He told me I seemed like a good player, but that he wouldn’t change shirts with me.”

Ronaldo did praise Granell’s performance

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Ronaldo did praise Granell’s performance

Girona were perhaps guilty of wasting time in the game’s final moments but it’s not every day a newly-promoted team has the chance to beat the mighty Real Madrid.

Plus, Los Blancos have never shied away from a little gamesmanship in the past with a big result in the balance.

“I said to [Ronaldo] that what we had achieved was not a miracle,” Granell added.

“But it was a huge feat. We had the experience from other years, when we’ve played a little bit too correct.”

Justified or sore loser?

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Justified or sore loser?

Let’s contrast Ronaldo’s actions with Kevin De Bruyne’s from earlier this month.

The £55million Man City star asked 19-year-old Wolves midfielder Connor Ronan to swap shirts following Man City’s penalty shootout win in the EFL Cup in a wonderful show of sportsmanship.

Look at Ronan’s face — that’s what football is all about

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Look at Ronan’s face — that’s what football is all about

Ronaldo’s desire to win has fuelled his legacy but you can’t help but feel this small gesture would have meant the world to a fellow professional.