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Viggo Mortensen—the NYC-born, Buenos Aires-raised Danish-American actor most famous for playing Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings movies—is a humongous fan of Argentine club San Lorenzo. His team has reached the final of the FIFA Club World Cup, where they face Real Madrid. As well as acting, Mortensen's good at banter.

Mortensen wrote a piece for Real Madrid propaganda arm Marca giving his thoughts about the upcoming match. It's mostly a call for good sportsmanship on both sides (the actor is also a Madridista, after all) and a warning that, though his club might be huge underdogs, Real would be smart not to take their coronation for granted. As pro-positivity as the letter is, Mortensen can't help but get in a couple shots at Cristiano Ronaldo, though:

We shouldn't let Ancelotti and the Real Madrid press provoke us. This highly respected Italian manager has been a little arrogant by saying that the reason Ronaldo didn't score against Cruz Azul is that "he is saving a goal for the final". The only reaction that such a comment deserves is to try to upset the Portuguese goal-scorer in the final. If they mark the Real No.7 well, maybe upset his hairdo a little in the first fifteen minutes of the game, it will be enough for him to have one of his frequent poor performances in the big games.


Strong words, Viggo, though we still expect Ronaldo to be the one shirtless and flexing at the end of the match, regardless of his own contribution to affairs.


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