EXPLAINED: Why Cristiano Ronaldo always stands sideways for Portugal anthem

Cristiano Ronaldo’s legacy in international football is just as firm as it is in club football, with the Portuguese forward having led his country to the European Championship in 2016

EXPLAINED: Why Cristiano Ronaldo always stands sideways for Portugal anthem

Ronaldo has always been known to be extremely proud of his nation and heritage and he was again spotted singing the national anthem with great gusto ahead of their Euros opener against Hungary.

However, oddly enough, Ronaldo was spotted standing side-on, with his hand on the shoulder of goalkeeper Rui Patricio, at a different angle to the rest of his teammates.

The reason for this action is actually patriotic as well, with Ronaldo standing sideways so he can face the Portugal flag during the national anthem.

He has inspired other players to do the same, with the Wales team all standing sideways ahead of their own opener against Switzerland.

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