Chile talisman Arturo Vidal has condemned Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the two sides coming together on Wednesday.
The South American Copa America winners take on their European Euro 2016 counterparts at the Kazan Arena in the Confederations Cup semi-final, held in Russia.
And ahead of that match, Vidal has blasted Portugal’s No 7 as a ‘smart a**’ and even predicted that Chile will bypass them en-route to facing Germany in Sunday’s final – despite the World Cup winners having to play Mexico in Thursday’s other semi-final.
Chile earned a spot in the knockout stages by finishing second in Group B, behind the Germans while Ronaldo led Portugal to top of Group A ahead of Mexico.
Ronaldo has scored twice and set up another for Fernando Santos’ side but that hasn’t impressed Vidal.
‘Cristiano is a smart a**!’ Vidal told reporters in Russia. ‘For me he does not exist.
‘I have already told my Bayern Munich team-mate [and Germany international] Joshua Kimmich that we will meet again in the final!’
Vidal’s encounter with Ronaldo will be he his first since April when the former was sent off for Bayern Munich as they were knocked out in the Champions League quarter-finals by eventual winners Real Madrid.