Barcelona great Johan Cruyff has urged Cristiano Ronaldo to ignore the chants from opposing fans about Lionel Messi, insisting he should 'grow up' if it affects him.
The Real Madrid star has been subjected to taunts from rival fans during Euro 2012, who chant Lionel Messi's name whenever the Portugal international misses a chance or makes a mistake.
The calls from the crowds were loudest during the Portugal versus Denmark group stage game, and Ronaldo angrily responded to the taunts after the match following his failure to convert a series of glorious chances against the Danes. But Ronaldo silenced his critics a few days later with two smartly-taken goals against Holland.
The Madrid ace will lead his country out this evening against Czech Republic, and Barca legend Cruyff has told Ronaldo to 'grow up' if he lets the taunts from the crowd get to him.
"To Ronaldo, it must be the same if the fans talk about his mother or Messi," said Cruyff. "If that concerns him, he needs to grow up."
Portugal's quarter-final tie against the Czechs tonight provides Ronaldo with an excellent opportunity to cement his case to win this year's Ballon d'Or. The Madrid star has been locked in a long-running battle with rival Barca ace Lionel Messi for the award in recent seasons, with the Argentinian coming out on top.
But if Portugal, captained by Ronaldo, reach the final of Euro 2012, or even win the tournament, Ronaldo could see the individual awards coming his way at the end of the year.