CRISTIANO RONALDO once refused to swap shirts with Robin Gosens – leaving the German star ‘feeling small’.
But Gosens, now 28, had the last laugh when he scored in the Germans’ 4-2 loss to Portugal – also winning the man of the match award – at Euro 2020 .
And this time he didn’t even ask the Man Utd star for his top.
He said in 2020: “I didn’t ask Cristiano Ronaldo for his shirt because I want to enjoy this win and tonight.”
Ronaldo launched Portugal on a flyer by knocking out a quick counterattack.
But two own goals, a strike from Kai Havertz and an icing on the cake from Gosens meant that Diogo Jota’s goal – from an assist from Ronaldo – was only consolation.
And for Gosens, he would have been doubly happy to have obtained the three points in the Group of Death
Earlier in his career, Gosens revealed he tried to fulfill a lifelong dream of swapping shirts with his idol, Ronaldo, after joining Juventus in Serie A in 2018 – only to be sent packing .
Writing in his biography Dreams Are Worthwhile, Gosens recalled: “After the game against Juventus, I tried to fulfill my dream of having Ronaldo’s shirt.
“After the final whistle, I went up to him, not having even gone public to celebrate.
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“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 left and felt small.
“You know that moment when something embarrassing happens and you look around to see if anyone noticed it?
“That’s how I felt and tried to hide it.”
But Gosens had nothing to hide after his incredible performance against Portugal and said: “It’s definitely an unforgettable night for me.
“We beat a very strong team and got my first goal in this tournament, as well as an assist. I’m happy and proud.
“We knew we had to win today, if we lost it would be very difficult to qualify.
“We tried to give our all both in attack and in defence, and I’m happy that we won.”
Incredibly, Gosens has NEVER lost in the six matches he played against Ronaldo.
Atalanta won one and drew three of their four Serie A games against Juventus, also winning their 2019 Coppa Italia quarter-final, before Germany beat Portugal at the Euros .