'Get in touch with me': Yarmolenko is the anti-Ronaldo when it comes to sponsors' bottles

The Ukraine star poked fun at Cristiano Ronaldo's reluctance to appear with Coca Cola bottles
'Get in touch with me': Yarmolenko is the anti-Ronaldo when it comes to sponsors' bottles

Yarmolenko is the anti-Ronaldo when it comes to sponsors' bottles

Ukrainian star Andriy Yarmolenko has proven his nation's hero so far at Euro 2020. Though he struggled for game-time at West Ham this season, Yarmolenko has shone so far in this tournament, netting a brilliant long-range strike in the defeat by the Netherlands, then adding another against North Macedonia yesterday to help his side to a first win.

And afterwards, at the post-match formalities, Yarmolenko capitalised on the spotlight to put out a tongue-in-cheek appeal for sponsorship opportunities.

Poking fun at Cristiano Ronaldo's reluctance to appear with two Coca Cola bottles at an earlier press conference, Yarmolenko showed no such reticence, arranging Coke and Heineken bottles in prominent positions and setting his stall out for branding campaigns.

"I’ll put Coca-Cola here, I’ll put Heineken right here up front. Guys, contact me!"

The prominence of sponsors' product has caused some controversy during Euro 2020, with Uefa reminding players of their responsibilities to the backers.

“UEFA has reminded participating teams that partnerships are integral to the delivery of the tournament and to ensuring the development of football across Europe, including for youth and women.”

Italy midfielder Manuel Locatelli also moved the Coke bottles aside, but at England's press conference ahead of the match against Scotland, Harry Kane and Gareth Southgate left them alone. 

Kane preferred to focus on the Scots.

"From my point of view the sponsors are entitled to have what they want if they have paid the money to do so. It’s not something I have thought about too much."

But manager Southgate was ready, as he invariably is, to tease out the subtleties of the argument.

"I think there are lots of sponsors in sport and the impact of their money at all levels helps sport to function, particularly grassroots sport in our country requires a lot of investment and without some of those companies investing, it is very difficult to provide the facilities we need.

"With anything, of course, we are mindful in our country of obesity and health but everything can be done in moderation. Anything you take part in or partake in moderation is rarely a problem.

"I understand the concerns that people have and two guys had different rationale for the stances they took but there's always a bigger picture to these things."

Meanwhile, at Belgium's post-match conference following the win over Denmark, Romelu Lukaku was also ready to cash in. 

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