Cristiano Ronaldo has apologised to Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho for a bust up in the aftermath of Los Blancos’ Copa del Rey win over Valencia on Tuesday.
Mourinho reportedly criticised Ronaldo for not trying hard in enough in the closing stages of Madrid’s 2-0 cup win a week ago, leading to a confrontation between the pair.
That lead to rumours he was on the verge of being dropped for the league game against Valencia on Sunday evening, although Madrid defender Raul Albiol insisted it was an ‘exchange of opinions’ rather than a full-blown row.
However he started against Los Che, scoring twice and setting up another as Madrid recorded an emphatic 5-0 win to slightly narrow the gap to Barcelona, who lost against Real Sociedad on Saturday, at the top of La Liga.
Punto Pelota report that Ronaldo pulled together his Real Madrid team-mates before a training session on Friday to apologise for his part in the confrontation.
“I want to talk about what happened on Tuesday with our coach, I want to apologise," the former Manchester United player is quoted as saying. "We have to pull together and go forward. I ask for unity and hard work. We still have things to win."
After a week of controversy, Ronaldo could at least end on a high note as his two goals against Valencia took him to 300 career goals for Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United and Real Madrid.
Despite that, he still sits 11 goals behind Lionel Messi, who set a new record by scoring in ten consecutive league games in Barcelona’s defeat against Sociedad, as La Liga’s top scorer.
Real Madrid face Manchester United in the Champions League last 16 next month.