Cristiano Ronaldo left opponent “ashamed” after refusing to swap shirts with him

Cristiano Ronaldo once left Atalanta’s Robin Gosens feeling “ashamed” after refusing to swap shirts with him at the end of a game, the German has revealed in his biography

Atalanta star Robin Gosens has recalled feeling “ashamed” when Cristiano Ronaldo once refused to swap shirts with him at the end of a game.

Gosens, who has spent the last four years at Atalanta, says the Juventus superstar didn’t even look at him before brutally snubbing his request.

The 26-year-old has long idolised Ronaldo, meaning his £100million move to Juventus in 2018 provided him with the perfect opportunity to try and attain his shirt.

However, what should have been one of the proudest nights of his career soon turned into one of his most embarrassing moments on a football pitch when CR7 rejected his advances.

In his biography ‘Dreams Are Worthwhile’, Gosens says: “After the game against Juventus, I tried to fulfil my dream of having Ronaldo’s jersey.

“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.”

Gosens currently sits ahead of Ronaldo in the Serie A table, with Atalanta two points clear of Juve up in third place.

Gian Piero Gasperini’s men have recorded three straight league wins following a 1-0 defeat against Inter Milan, who have an eight-point lead at the top of the table right now.

Antonio Conte’s men can extend that lead to 11 points by winning their game-in-hand against Sassuolo on Wednesday night.

As for Juve, they will look to claim their first win in three games against Napoli on the same evening, having lost against Benevento and drawn with Torino in their last two outings.

Valeriy Fursov