Coca-Cola’s market value dropped sharply after Cristiano Ronaldo snubbed the drink at a media event.
The Portugal captain shifted two bottles of Coke away from him at a Euro 2020 press conference in Budapest. He then held up a bottle of water and appeared to indicate he preferred it to the soft drink.
All-time soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s gesture at a Euro 2020 press conference wiped $4 billion off Coca-Cola’s market value on Monday.
Ronaldo, sat beside Portugal manager Fernando Santos ahead of his team’s match against Hungary, irritably set aside two bottles of the soda drink placed before him. He then picked up a bottle of water and appeared to encourage drinking that instead by saying “Água!” – which is Portuguese for water.
The stock price of one of the largest bottlers of the drink, Coca-Cola bottling, fell 4% on Monday, and is down 8% in the past week.
Coca-Cola is one of the official sponsors of the UEFA EURO 2020 tournament. The company reportedly issued a statement about the incident, saying “everyone is entitled to their drink preferences” and have differing “tastes and needs.”
A Euro 2020 spokesperson added: “Players are offered water, alongside Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, on arrival at our press conference.”
Ronaldo has previously spoken about his disapproval of Coca-Cola and other unhealthy food and beverages. He follows a fitness routine that includes eating six meals and taking five naps on a typical day.
In 2020, he said he gets irritated with his son Cristiano Jr. who likes to drink the soda.