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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Antoine Griezmann refuses to shave head like Cristiano Ronaldo's new do

Antoine Griezmann has staunchly refused to follow Cristiano Ronaldo's lead and shave his hair off after the Real Madrid superstar unveiled a daring new close-cropped look in the aftermath of the Champions League final.

Asked whether he'd ever do likewise in an interview with El Pais fashion magazine "Icon," Griezmann was steadfast in his response.

"No, no. Impossible. I would prefer not to. I don't care even if it is a Champions League final. Someone else can score the goal. But bald, no," replied the 26-year-old.

And this came just hours before Griezmann was forced to laugh off suggestions of a rift forming within the France camp between himself and Real defender Raphael Varane.

Reports were sparked when Varane, fresh from winning the Champions League alongside Ronaldo, received a standing ovation from his Les Bleus teammates on reporting for international duty at Clairefontaine on Tuesday -- all except one.

Griezmann, of Atletico Madrid, didn't shake hands with Varane and made a point of remaining motionless as the Real centre-back lapped up the applause, even reportedly stating "I'm not going to applaud you," on camera.

As was inevitable, the frosty exchange was leaped on by both the French and Spanish media, who crowed in unison about a supposed schism opening up in Didier Deschamps' team ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifier against Sweden.

However, Griezmann was quick to scotch the gossip by posting a screenshot of the footage on Twitter highlighting his refusal to congratulate Varane. The Atleti striker then followed up with the caption "And so what?" followed by a small succession of smiley emojis.

It was just a joke, folks: a bone dry joke, but a joke all the same.

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