Italy midfielder Manuel Locatelli has become the latest player to remove Coca-Cola bottles from his press conference table at Euro 2020, even copying Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘Agua!’ shout.
The Portugal superstar looked horrified when he spotted the fizzy drinks on the table when he spoke to the media earlier this week, placing them out of sight of the cameras and holding up his own bottle of water to the camera instead.
Ronaldo’s actions caused quite a stir, with Coca-Cola’s share price falling by $4billion (£2.85bn) as the world’s most famous footballer urged his millions of fans to ditch the drink in favour of water.
There were similar scenes on Tuesday night when France midfielder Paul Pogba gave his own post-match press conference, though this time Manchester United’s devout Muslim removed a bottle of Heineken beer from the table.
Now Locatelli has become the third player to take umbrage with Euro 2020’s sponsors, removing two bottles of Coca-Cola from their place front and centre of the table and putting his own bottle of water directly in front of him instead.
The Sassuolo midfielder put on a masterclass in Italy’s 3-0 win over Switzerland on Wednesday evening, netting twice to earn UEFA’s Star of the Match award.