David Warner couldn’t resist the opportunity to recreate Cristiano Ronaldo’s infamous stunt that reportedly cost Coca-Cola $5.2 billion.
Australian cricketer David Warner has recreated Cristiano Ronaldo’s infamous press conference stunt that reportedly cost Coca-Cola $5.2 billion back in June.
Ahead of Portugal’s Euro 2020 opener against Hungary, Ronaldo decided a pair of glass Coca-Cola bottles didn’t belong on the table in front of him during a press conference.
After removing the drinks from the table and placing them out of sight, the 36-year-old produced a bottle of water, holding it up and saying: “Drink water.”
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The Athletic reported Coca-Cola’s shares dipped 1.6 per cent in value following Ronaldo’s cheeky stunt, a market value drop of approximately AUD$5.2 billion.
Coca-Cola issued a statement in response to Ronaldo’s antics, saying “everyone is entitled to their drink preferences” and everyone has different “tastes and needs”.
On Friday morning AEDT, Warner couldn’t resist an opportunity to mimic the football icon.
Warner fronted the media following Australia’s seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup, but before answering any questions, he removed two Coca-bottles from the table.
“If it‘s good enough for Cristiano, it’s good enough for me,” he said.
However, the soft drink bottles soon returned to their original position after the 35-year-old was asked to put them back.
Warner silenced his doubters with an explosive knock of 65 off 42 balls against Sri Lanka at Dubai International Cricket Stadium as Australia claimed its second consecutive victory at the T20 World Cup.
Pressure was mounting on Warner after he scored a paltry 17 runs in his previous five T20 innings. He was recently dumped as captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad before the IPL franchise dropped him from its starting XI altogether.
But Australian coach Justin Langer can breathe a sigh of relief knowing the veteran has rediscovered his mojo days before a mouth-watering clash with England.
“Tonight, I had to obviously start fresh,” Warner told reporters after the win.
“Everyone was talking about my form, which I reiterated was not a thing I was worried about. It was about going out there and starting well. That‘s all we’re trying to do, apply pressure to the bowlers.
“It was great to get out there in the middle and spend some time there, running between the wickets. Little things like that just keep your mind ticking. Obviously in the last six to 12 months we haven‘t played that much cricket so I haven’t been in those situations too often. It’s not so much about getting runs for myself, it’s about getting us off to a good start and we managed to do that.”
Australia will next face England on Sunday morning AEDT, with the first ball scheduled for 1am.