How I exchanged my jersey with Ronaldo-Jonathan Mensah

By Haruna Mubarak
Jonathan Mensah
Jonathan Mensah

Blackstars defender Jonathan Mensah has stated that Daniel Opare played a key role with regards to him exchanging jerseys with Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Ghana played their final game at the World Cup in Brazil against Portugal where Christiano Ronaldo scored the match winner as Portugal beat Ghana by 2-1.

The scoreline was irrelevant as both teams exited from the group stages.

After the defeat, Jonathan Mensah went to the former Real Madrid man for a“memorable” jersey swap.

“I was like ‘Can we change?’ and he was like ‘Yeah, sí sí! Sí, hermano!’, Mensah recalled as quoted by “I knew this guy, Daniel Opare, he was on our team and he played for Real Madrid youth and he knew him you know because Cristiano was on the senior team.

"So, he was on the World Cup team with Ghana and after the game, he said [to Ronaldo] ‘Oh, my friend wants to change jerseys’ and Ronaldo was like ‘Yeah sure, sure.’ Then we just changed jerseys and it was like something casual.”

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