West Ham playmaker Dimitri Payet and Cristiano Ronaldo‘s mum Dolores Aveiro are at war over the West Ham playmaker’s tackle that put the Portuguese skipper out of the Euro 2016 final.
Payet made a heavy midfield challenge on the mercurial Real Madrid ace 16 minutes into the first half of Portugal’s 1-0 extra time triumph over hosts France.
Portugal’s talisman was forced to limp off, and despite his best efforts to continue, Ronaldo was finally stretchered off in more tears after 24 minutes
But Payet insisted: “No, it was a challenge, that’s all, period. I regained the possession and if I hurt him it was not intentional. “It’s not in my nature to be a bad guy on the pitch. There is no question about it.”
However, Dolores tweeted a photo of her son in tears along with message that seemed to be a fairly thinly veiled dig at Payet.
“I cannot see my son in this way,” she said. “The game is about kicking the ball, not hurting the opponent.”
— Dolores Aveiro (@DoloresAveiro) July 10, 2016
Amazingly, Portugal went on to lift the trophy after Eder’s strike in the second half of extra time broke the deadlock. Payet was subbed off for Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman on the hour and said that a lack of cutting edge cost them their chance to lift a third European Championship trophy.