Townsend explains initial Ronaldo shirt swap snub after Man Utd draw

Andros Townsend has revealed that he was initially snubbed by Cristiano Ronaldo when he asked to swap shirts with the superstar after Everton’s draw with Manchester United.

Anthony Martial had put the Red Devils in front two minutes before half-time, but Townsend finished off a wonderful counter-attacking move to equalise 65 minutes into the Premier League clash.

United had thrown on Ronaldo eight minutes before Townsend struck in an effort to seal three points, but the attacker was unable to provide the winning goal.

Townsend celebrated his goal by paying homage to Ronaldo’s famous ‘Siuuu’ celebration, with the United star later seen storming off down the tunnel.

The Everton star had gone after Ronaldo as he fumed off the pitch, with the winger disclosing he was forced to ask the angry attacker several times for his shirt.

And he also believes that had Ronaldo seen his celebration, he may not be the owner of the Portuguese’s superstar’s shirt.

“I made it my goal that I was not leaving Old Trafford without Cristiano Ronaldo’s shirt,” Townsend told talkSPORT.

“You saw after the final whistle, I ran straight to him. I don’t know what he was muttering, it wasn’t English, he was muttering in Portuguese.

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“I’ve been asking three or four times for his shirt. And eventually he said ‘yeah, I’ll give it to you inside’.

“Then I had to wait inside the dressing room and thankfully the kitman was able to sort it for me. That shirt I am going to keep with me for the rest of my life.

“At the time I don’t think he saw the celebration. I think he was giving a bit to his players. I think if he had seen the celebration, there’s no way I would be getting that shirt.”

The equaliser at Old Trafford was Townsend’s fifth goal in all competitions this season, but he will now have a two-week rest for the international break.

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