Atalanta star Robin Gosens admits Cristiano Ronaldo frostily rejected his request for his shirt after 2019 Coppa Italia win over Juventus… and says chastening exchange left him ‘blushed and ashamed’
- Cristiano Ronaldo was irked after Juventus crashed out of the 2019 Coppa Italia
- Robin Gosens, after his Atalanta team-mates won, asked Ronaldo for his jersey
- The defender wrote in his autobiography about the terse exchange that followed
- Ronaldo waved away Gosens request with a harsh ‘no’ and left him to feel ‘small’
Atalanta star Robin Gosens has recalled a chastening experience involving Cristiano Ronaldo – with the Juventus superstar rejecting his request for his shirt.
Gosens, 26, idolises Ronaldo and was keen to secure his hallowed jersey after a cup clash between their two teams in 2019.
However, after Ronaldo turned down his advances, Gosens admitted the incident left him ‘blushed and ashamed’.
Cristiano Ronaldo made Robin Gosens feel ‘blushed and ashamed’ after rejecting his shirt offer
Germany international Gosens revealed all on the attempted jersey swap in his biography titled ‘Dreams are Worthwhile’.
‘After the game against Juventus, I tried to fulfil my dream of having Ronaldo’s jersey,’ he wrote.
‘After the final whistle I went to him, having not even gone public to celebrate… but Ronaldo did not accept.
Atalanta man Gosens asked Ronaldo for his jersey after helping his team beat Juventus in 2019
‘I asked: “Cristiano, can I have your shirt?” He didn’t even look at me, he just said: “No!”‘
The frosty affair took place in the immediate minutes after Atalanta memorably dumped an ailing Juventus out of the Coppa Italia quarter-finals.
Gosens was introduced late on as a substitute in the cup tie, while Ronaldo started from the off but found himself unable to prevent his team collapsing.
Ronaldo was left irate at the final whistle after Juventus suffered a chastening cup elimination
Gosens also wrote in his autobiography that Ronaldo’s terse answer caused him to feel ‘small’
And, after he was angrily waved away, the Atalanta man has admitted to having felt crushed while his team-mates celebrated their triumph around him.
‘I was completely blushed and ashamed,’ he added. ‘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.’
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