Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba followed in Cristiano Ronaldo’s footsteps by snubbing a Euro 2020 sponsor after France’s 1-0 win over Germany.
Pogba was named man of the match after his stunning pass helped create the Mats Hummels own goal that gave France three points in their opening group game.
A devout Muslim who doesn’t drink alcohol, Pogba undertook media obligations after the game and decided to remove a bottle of Heineken from the table.
“It’s everything. That’s what makes me thankful for everything,” Pogba told The Times in 2019 when asked what being a Muslim meant to him.
“It made me change, realise things in life. I guess, maybe, it makes me more peaceful inside. It was a good change in my life because I wasn’t born a Muslim, even if my mum was. I just grew up like that, respect for everyone.
“Islam is not the image that everyone sees – terrorism… What we hear in the media is really something else, it’s something beautiful. You get to know it. Anybody can find that he feels connected with Islam.”
Pogba’s stance came a day after Ronaldo removed two bottles of Coca-Cola placed in front of him before Portugal’s game against Hungary.
— Sacha Pisani (@Sachk0) June 16, 2021