Cristiano Ronaldo comments defended by Mourinho

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has moved to clarify comments he made about Cristiano Ronaldo which suggested the Real Madrid superstar is not the 'real Ronaldo'.

The relationship between Mourinho and the Portugal captain has deteriorated since the former left as Real Madrid boss, and his recent assertion that the Brazilian Ronaldo is the 'real one' have irked his former charge at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Cristiano Ronaldo this week dismissed Mourinho's apparent jibe by claiming he does not intend to "spit on the plate from which I eat" and stated that he would not satisfy the Stamford Bridge supremo with a response.

Mourinho, though, has hastened to the calm the storm that has been created since Ronaldo's mild riposte, and says the Brazilian Ronaldo is only the original by virtue of the fact he rose to prominence earlier than the current Real Madrid forward.

"I said the thing about the Brazilian Ronaldo being the real one because he was the first Ronaldo," Mourinho told reporters following Real Madrid's victory over Chelsea on Wednesday. 

"If you would ask me who the real Muller is, Thomas Muller or Gerd Muller, I would say the latter. For me, he is the real Muller because he's the older one of the two.

"The entire controversy is a film that's been assembled in Madrid."

Ronaldo scored twice in Miami as Real Madrid triumphed 3-1 over Chelsea just less than three months after Mourinho left the Spanish giants, and the Blues boss says he was not surprised by the performance of his compatriot.

"Cristiano's a great player and has scored goals all his life," Mourinho added. "When he scores it's not big news, when he doesn't it is."

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