FIFA referee Claus Bo Larsen has branded Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo as “the most annoying player” he has ever officiated in his career.
The Danish whistler has taken charge of matches at the top level for 14 years, and is regarded as one of the governing body’s most respected figures.
Speaking in an interview with publication Ekstra Bladet, Larsen mentioned that he oversaw the recent Champions League match between Los Blancos and Milan, and offered some choice comments about the Portuguese superstar.
He remarked: “He is always out to get a cheap free-kick, especially at home. We tend to talk before games about how he would go down so easily. We know how not to be biased. But we have to be prepared too.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is given a clean slate at the start of every game, but when he would lie down after failing to win a free-kick, he would smile at me because he knows I don’t fall for his theatrics.”