What Diogo Jota did to Ronaldo during Portugal training provoked a crowd reaction amid tumultuous scenes

Diogo Jota was involved in one event that elicited a reaction from many bystanders during Portugal’s hectic training session.

According to Theo Squires of the Liverpool Echo, the Reds attacker knocked Cristiano Ronaldo to the ground during a challenge for the ball, causing the 27-year-old to be mocked by some of the approximately 8,000 fans there.

Jota and Ronaldo interaction draws jeers during Portugal training chaos

That scene occurred when the training had to be paused due to a group of young admirers storming onto the pitch in an attempt to get up close to the former Real Madrid icon before security intervened.

Wolves goalkeeper Jose Sa once rushed halfway across the pitch to apprehend one player with what amounted to a rugby tackle.

Jota and his Portugal teammates witnessed another example of the hysteria that a country’s attendance in a major tournament can elicit, particularly with Ronaldo involved as he attempts to become the first player to appear (and score) in six European Championships.

B/R Football on X: "Cristiano Ronaldo is back with Portugal and ready for  the Euros 🇵🇹 https://t.co/Ogb6rh4wql" / X

The training interruption was not what Roberto Martinez had hoped for so close to their Group F opening against Czechia on Tuesday, but the sheer volume of skill in their squad should ensure the 2016 winners start their campaign on a high note.

Although the emphasis will obviously be on the man in the number 7 shirt, the Liverpool attacker enters into Euro 2024 in flying form. He has two goals and an assist throughout his country’s three warm-up matches this month.

As we’ve seen at Anfield over the last four years, Jota is a dangerous and clinical finisher who can always deliver a game-changing moment, even when his role in general play appears secondary.

Hopefully, he can have a successful campaign with Portugal and avoid the injury issues that plagued his club season in 2023/24.

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