Monday 29 February 2016

Cristiano Ronaldo Back-Track On Criticism Of Madrid Team-Mates

Cristiano Ronaldo has attempted to backtrack on his criticism of Real Madrid team-mates after the Portuguese laid into a number of squad players who replaced injured first-choice stars for 1-0 defeat to rivals Atletico on Saturday, saying it was not the same playing with them. Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Pepe all missed out, while Karim Benzema was forced off with a hip injury late on, and speaking after the game Ronaldo said “If we were all at my level, maybe we would be leaders

Ronaldo singled out some players saying “I'm not saying the others like Lucas Vazquez, Jese and Kovacic are not good players they are very good players but it's not the same. I don't want to disrespect anyone, but when the best players aren't available it's harder to win. I like to play with Karim, with Bale, with Marcelo. If we were all at my level, maybe we would be leaders. For all you journalists it seems I am sh*t, but I don't listen to what the press say. The statistics and numbers don't lie”.

Now Ronaldo has tried to back-track his comment telling Spanish newspaper Marca that “When I said this I was referring to my level of fitness, not play. I am not better than any of my teammates”. The derby defeat on Saturday realistically ended Real's title challenge as they now trail leaders Barcelona by nine points having also played a game more.

Ronaldo's comments still forced the Real skipper Sergio Ramos into a staunch defence of his squad saying “We are proud of everyone that is part of the squad and the work of all the players that get fewer minutes on the field. Players like Lucas Vazquez, Jese Rodriguez or Borja Mayoral are giving everything because they know how hard it is to get their chance here. But Cristiano is free to offer his opinion”.

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