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Iranian fans won’t let Cristiano Ronaldo sleep

Larry Brown Sports logo Larry Brown Sports 6/25/2018 Grey Papke, Larry Brown Sports
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Iran faces a huge test with a chance to get out of the group if they manage to beat Portugal on Monday, and their fans are doing everything they can to help their team.

That includes trying to keep Cristiano Ronaldo awake with noise outside his hotel room. Judging by the fact that Ronaldo made a brief appearance and politely asked them to keep it down, it appears to be working.

Messing with athletes at the team hotel to try to throw them off their game isn’t a particularly uncommon tactic. Of course, given Ronaldo’s competitive spirit, this might just fuel him even more to get the result he needs on Monday.

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