Football: Ronaldo is no Messi, counters Iceland's Arnason over Portuguese taunt

Iceland's midfielder Aron Gunnarsson (left) and Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo during the Euro 2016 group F football match between Portugal and Iceland on June 14, 2016.
Iceland's midfielder Aron Gunnarsson (left) and Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo during the Euro 2016 group F football match between Portugal and Iceland on June 14, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Iceland defender Kari Arnason has responded angrily to Cristiano Ronaldo's "small mentality" jibe after the 1-1 draw with Portugal at Euro 2016, saying that the Real Madrid star was no Lionel Messi.

A visibly frustrated Ronaldo was furious at the defensive tactics of Iceland, the smallest country at the tournament, after Tuesday's Group F clash.

"He's a fantastic footballer, but he's not a gracious human being," Arnason was quoted as saying on The Guardian's website (www.theguardian.com).

"Obviously we're not going to create as many chances as a fantastic team like Portugal but his comments are the reason why Messi is always going to be one step ahead of him. You wouldn't expect Messi to say that. It shows we got under his skin."

The defender added: "It was lovely to hear that."

Debutants Iceland take on Hungary in their next Group F game on Saturday, before ending their group stage campaign against Austria on June 22.

On Tuesday, Hungary, playing in their first European Championship since 1972, upset Austria 2-0.