Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has refused to accept criticism for airing his political views, telling a troll to go and get sick.
With a battle for power currently in full swing, Kroos appeared to nail his colours to the Angela Merkel mast following a leadership debate on Sunday.
His opinion — having tweeted "Long live Angie!!!" — was not universally well received, with some followers questioning his decision to get involved and offer an opinion in public.
Es lebe Angie!!! #TVDuell— Toni Kroos (@ToniKroos) September 3, 2017
Kroos has, however, hit back and urged one responder who told him, "I could puke when athletes tweet such a confession", to go and do just that.
Mach doch https://t.co/4zokUSMtPo— Toni Kroos (@ToniKroos) September 3, 2017
Kroos, as a high-profile figure, has met Merkel on several occasions.
The German Chancellor was an avid follower of the 2014 World Cup finals, having been a regular at international fixtures since Germany staged the showpiece event in 2006.