During a press conference in Munich, Paul Pogba sat to answer media questions following the Sunday Euro 2020 match, in which France defeated Germany 1:0.
He removed a bottle of Heineken beer that had been placed in front of him, a day after Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo moved aside Coca-Cola in favour of a water bottle.
First Ronaldo with the Coca-Cola...— Goal (@goal) June 16, 2021
Now Paul Pogba wasn't happy with the Heineken in front of him at his press conference 🍺❌ pic.twitter.com/SU1ifQPGOP
Do NOT put Coca Cola in front of Cristiano Ronaldo 😠— Goal (@goal) June 15, 2021
This is absolutely brilliant 🤣 pic.twitter.com/bw9FYlTOI4
Social media has since exploded with commentary. Commenters were quick to remind everyone that Paul Pogba is religious and therefore his actions are well-expected.
I largely prefer Ronaldo’s opinion then. Because he thinks about health first of all— Tony (@Tony51432104) June 16, 2021
It's not about him being copycat. He's pulling off a sarcastic joke.— Nzekwe Isaac (@Isaac_Fortunes) June 16, 2021
Muslims do not drink alcohol— يوسف (@Grinta_9) June 16, 2021
Not really about sponsorship. If that was the case he would have removed the coca cola bottles as well coz he endorses Pepsi. Pogba does not take alcohol and to him is haram probably— Lawrence Kinuthia🇰🇪💔 (@Kinuthia_Lan) June 16, 2021
Heineken and Coca-Cola are the official sponsors of Euro 2020, which is why the drinks are served at the tournament events.
“Surely this removing of bottles actually gives the brands more advertisement? If Ronaldo or Pogba hadn’t moved the bottles, hardly anyone would have noticed them,” said a Twitter user in response to the Pogba video.
At the time of publication, no commentary has been provided by Coca-Cola or Heineken.