Cristiano Ronaldo’s removal of two Coca-Cola bottles during a press conference at the Euros has wiped $4 billion off the market value of the beverage giant company.
The Portugal captain is a renowned health fanatic and made it clear what he thinks of the carbonated soft drink. The 36-year-old shifted the bottles of Coca-Cola away from him during a press conference in Budapest on Monday in the prelude to his country’s Group F game against Hungary.
Ronaldo followed it by holding up a bottle of water before declaring in Portuguese: “Agua!”, appearing to encourage people to choose that instead.
Coca-Cola’s share price dropped from $56.10 to $55.22 almost immediately after Ronaldo’s gesture, a 1.6 percent dip. The market value of Coca-Cola went from $242bn to $238bn – a drop of $4bn.
Coca-Cola, one of the official sponsors of Euro 2020, replied on Tuesday with a statement that said “everyone is entitled to their drink preferences” with different “tastes and needs”.
A Euros spokesperson said: “Players are offered water, alongside Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, on arrival at our press conferences.”
Ronaldo is a pop-culture colossus, boasting nearly 300 million Instagram followers.
On Tuesday, he scored twice in Portugal’s 3-0 win over Hungary – moving beyond France great Michel Platini as the record goalscorer at the European Championship finals with 11.
South Africa Clinches Africa Cup of Nations Bronze in Penalty Drama Against DR Congo
In a riveting encounter at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) third-place playoff, South Africa emerged victorious against the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) in a nail-biting penalty shootout to secure the bronze medal in the prestigious tournament.
The match, which ended in a goalless draw after regulation time, saw South African goalkeeper Ronwen Williams once again emerge as the hero, making crucial saves during the penalty shootout to propel his team to victory.
The DR Congo team displayed commendable resilience throughout the match, creating numerous goal-scoring opportunities and maintaining an attacking threat against the South African defense.
Ultimately, it was South Africa’s Siyanda Xulu who converted the decisive penalty kick, securing the win for Bafana Bafana.
The victory marked South Africa’s perfect record in third-place playoffs, having clinched a similar victory 24 years prior against Tunisia.
The bronze medal victory serves as a testament to South Africa’s resilience and determination in the face of formidable opposition.
As the tournament concludes, the thrilling encounter between South Africa and DR Congo will be remembered as a highlight of the 2024 AFCON edition, showcasing the passion and skill of African football on a grand stage.
Anthony Joshua to Face Francis Ngannou on 8th of March 2024 in Saudi Arabia
Anthony Joshua is set to step into the boxing ring once again, this time facing former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou on March 8, 2024, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
This showdown follows Joshua’s triumphant return against Otto Wallin in December, marking his journey back into the elite heavyweight boxing scene.
Ngannou, the former UFC heavyweight champion, made headlines by knocking down Tyson Fury, the current WBC heavyweight champion, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, last October.
Although Ngannou lost that bout on a split decision, his resilience has earned him recognition, currently holding the 10th rank in the WBC’s heavyweight fighters and considered by many boxing enthusiasts as a true champion.
As anticipation builds for this clash of titans, fans and pundits alike are eager to witness how Anthony Joshua will fare against the powerful Cameroonian.
The match is expected to draw global attention, adding another chapter to the dynamic narratives of these two heavyweight fighters.
The venue, Saudi Arabia, continues to establish itself as a significant hub for marquee sporting events, and this bout is poised to contribute to the kingdom’s growing reputation in hosting high-profile international competitions.
DStv Dilemma: Multichoice Fails to Secure Broadcast Rights for AFCON 2023
Multichoice, the parent company of DStv, has announced that its SuperSport channels will not be broadcasting the highly anticipated African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 tournament.
The satellite giant revealed that it failed to secure the rights necessary to air the continent’s most significant football event.
The announcement, made on Wednesday, has left football enthusiasts and DStv subscribers disappointed as SuperSport channels have been a traditional hub for live sports coverage, including major football tournaments.
The upcoming AFCON, scheduled to kick off on January 13th and run through February 11th, 2024, will now be absent from the Multichoice platform.
“SuperSport Channel will not broadcast the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 scheduled for January 13th – February 11th, 2024, because the channel has not secured the rights to broadcast the tournament,” stated the official release from Multichoice.
Despite this setback, Multichoice reassured its audience that AFCON 2023 matches would still be accessible through partner broadcast stations on Free to Air (FTA) channels.
The company emphasized its commitment to providing unrivaled access to entertainment and football games across its platforms, including the Premier League, LaLiga, Serie A, Zambian Super League, and other prestigious football competitions.
The 34th edition of AFCON is set to take place in Ivory Coast, commencing on January 13th. Football enthusiasts were eagerly anticipating the tournament, which will feature powerhouse teams, including Nigeria, facing off against the hosts, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, and Equatorial Guinea in Group A.
As Multichoice Africa faces criticism for the unexpected exclusion of AFCON 2023 from its SuperSport channels, football fans are now seeking alternative avenues to catch the action and experience the excitement of one of Africa’s most celebrated football tournaments.
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