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Down 3-0 at half, reports say Ronaldo swapped shirts with Khedira?!?

Jun 16, 2014, 1:18 PM EDT

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Well, the game is pretty much over, but this is a bit much.

Down to 10 men and trailing 3-0 at halftime, reports are coming out of the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador that Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo headed down the tunnel to trade shirts with Real Madrid teammate and Germany star Sami Khedira

This is one of many Tweets, and from The Irish Times’ Ken Early. The Washington Post confirms it.

It was also mentioned by Jon Champion on American TV coverage of the game, and it’s quite bizarre. Athletes live in a different world than us, but you’re telling me no one in the Portugal locker room does a double-take when they see the captain head into the locker room shirtless with a Germany jersey.

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I imagine the exchange went down like this:

“Hey, CRON, where’s your jersey?”

“Well, Sami said they’d probably be pulling me since we’re getting squashed and he wanted to make sure we traded shirts.”

Jeepers. Don’t think he’s “into the game” right now. Not so much, at least.

  1. godsholytrousers - Jun 16, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Northern Europe 9
    Iberian Penninsula 1

    on aggregate…

  2. fantom21 - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    They’re teammates at Madrid, I bet this was planned regardless of outcome so I don’t see what the problem is.

    • geejon - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      The problem is that you’d think he’d have something else

    • imagreatguy76 - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      Agreed. I sure hope this “story” doesn’t have legs.

    • geejon - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      Problem is you’d think he’d have something else on his mind at that point. Goal differential matters in these games .. it can mean advancing to the next round or going home. As the best player and captain you’d think he’d be thinking about getting everyone together and trying to finish the game out with the best result possible. That at that point in time his mind was on swapping a frickin’ shirt with the opposition is just mind-boggling. What a leader, eh?

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