Why Cristiano Ronaldo Stood Sideways For Portugal National Anthem Ahead Of Euro 2020 Opener
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As cameras panned to the Portugal skipper and talisman, he was at a different angle to the rest of his teammates. He was stood side-on, with his hand on the shoulder of goalkeeper Rui Patricio.
It's not the first time that we have seen the five-time Ballon d'Or winner adopt the approach pre-match. But there is a good reason for it as Ronaldo is actually showing his patriotism by facing towards the Portugal flag.
17 years after his European Championship debut, Ronaldo still absolutely loves playing for his country and can't help but get hyped up beforehand.
Do You Know:exclamation:- Real Madrid TV (@RealMadrid_Link) June 28, 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo stand differently during the Portugal's National anthem so he can face the flag of Portugal.
Such a Patriot this Man is :flag_pt::hearts: pic.twitter.com/VKnGFo0FMQ
Cristiano Ronaldo closes his eyes just before the anthem, feeling it.- footballportugal (@footballport) June 15, 2021
To arms! to arms!
He's turned side-on prior to a whole host of Portugal fixtures, varying from World Cup games to friendlies.
Argentina goalkeeper Willy Caballero did the same in the 2018 World Cup, while the whole Wales starting XI took a leaf out of Ronaldo's book when they were side-on as they got in the zone for their 1-1 draw with Switzerland on Saturday in Baku.
In addition to his country's national anthem, the other track that really gets Ronaldo going is the Champions League theme.
The competition's top scorer gave us a wonderful rendition of the famous anthem before Real Madrid's game against Spurs in 2017, quite clearly singing along to th etune.