Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino has had his brief but emphatic say on comments that made the rounds online yesterday.
Sergio Ramos captained Real Madrid to their third straight Champions League title last month at Liverpool’s expense, but the Spaniard was the centre of attention for some of the wrong reasons.
Firstly, his harsh challenge on Mohamed Salah necessitated the substitution of the Egyptian due to an injury. It then emerged yesterday that Loris Karius sustained a concussion prior to his two goalkeeping howlers by virtue of a collision with Ramos.
Suffice to say, the defender was unhappy with drawing the ire of the criticism.
“Bloody hell, they’ve given this a lot of attention, the Salah thing…I didn’t want to speak because everything is magnified”, he stated.
“I see the play well, he grabs my arm first and I fell to the other side, the injury happened to the other arm and they said that I gave him a judo hold. After, the goalkeeper said that I dazed him.
“I am only missing Firmino saying that he got a cold because a drop of my sweat landed on him…”
At a press conference while on international duty with Brazil, Roberto Firmino was asked about his thoughts on the tirade.
Though initially reluctant to comment on it, he eventually made his feelings known (via Goal.com).
“I prefer not to talk about it. “It’s OK, [Ramos] is a champion. But I think it’s an idiotic thing of him to say.”
Roberto Firmino on Sergio Ramos' comments on Mohamed Salah and Loris Karius: I prefer not to talk about it…
Also Firmino: Ramos is an idiot ? pic.twitter.com/JXdZChv5IM
— Goal UK (@GoalUK) June 6, 2018
If one of their respective countries, Brazil and Spain, finish first in their group in the World Cup, with the other finishing second in theirs, Firmino may have a chance to get a measure of revenge on Ramos in the semi-final. Otherwise, another high-profile final in the space of two months may await the duo.