Comments made by Zlatan Ibrahimovic made the rounds on Thursday, with the Swedish talisman denying reports he applauded Cristiano Ronaldo’s remarkable hat trick.
“Was I applauding Ronaldo? No, I was just trying to encourage my team-mates,” Ibrahimovic told La Gazzetta dello Sport, via the London Evening Standard.
"I clapped my hands to cheer them up and motivate them for the last few minutes.
Lucky for us, there’s video evidence to prove it:
This video shows Zlatan and Ronaldo’s reactions to their respective goals, and it’s quite telling. Considering you can see Ibra clapping his hands and encouraging teammates after CR7’s first and second goals, it seems the Swede’s side of the story holds water.
But there’s more to be seen in this video. It really should be enjoyed in its entirety, but some of our favorite moments:
- Ronaldo glancing up to see the replay of his first goal, because who wouldn’t want to see that again (49 second mark)?
- A two-fer! Ronaldo’s utter disbelief when Zlatan heads in his first, and Ibra’s steely stare at Pepe after scoring (2:25 mark).
- An upset Cristiano attempting to spit on the ground after Zlatan scores his free kick, but hocking a nice rope of saliva onto his chin.
- Pepe getting pulled off the Portuguese pile after Ronaldo’s hat trick (5:35 mark).
Let’s hope these two match up again real soon, and more videos like this emerge.