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Chelsea boss disrespected players with Ronaldo praise

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Mourinho may have had a hidden motive (©GettyImages)
Mourinho may have had a hidden motive (©GettyImages).

Jose Mourinho revealed this week that the highlight of his career, above everything else, has been coaching Cristiano Ronaldo.

Now, while this must have been music to the ears of the Real Madrid superstar - even though he's currently meant to be at war with Mourinho - it comes across as a little strange, and perhaps even a little disrespectful to his former clubs and players.

Yes, Ronaldo is a phenomenon, one of the greatest footballers to have ever played the game.

However, are we really to believe Mourinho when he claims that coaching Ronaldo was better than claiming the Champions League with FC Porto in 2004, or winning back-to-back Premier League titles with Chelsea in 2005 and 2006, or securing an historic treble with Inter Milan in 2010?

It all seems a tad disingenuous from Mourinho, who would surely put his winners' medals above coaching Ronaldo if he was being absolutely honest.

Was he being sarcastic? After all, this is the same Mourinho who just a few months ago described the former Brazil international Ronaldo as being the "real" Ronaldo, rather than Cristiano.

These comments upset Cristiano, unsurprisingly, who responded by saying that Mourinho was "not worth" talking about.

So, was this a deliberate attempt by the current Chelsea boss to make his peace with the prolific Real Madrid star via the media?

If he harbours hopes of becoming the Portugal manager within the next six years, chances are he'll need Ronaldo - the nation's captain - onboard. In such circumstances, getting back onside with the 2008 Ballon d'Or winner before a grudge develops would rank as one of his smarter ploys.

But if he hopes to stay at Stamford Bridge for many years to come then the likes of John Terry and Frank Lampard, who have shown Mourinho nothing but loyalty and helped win him more trophies than Ronaldo did, might have felt a little put out after reading these latest comments from their current manager.

As would other stars including Wesley Sneijder and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who both enjoyed a much stronger relationship with Mourinho and continue to praise his man-management abilities to this day.

We've learned over the years to take Mourinho's comments with a pinch of salt, but unless he had a hidden motive - which is entirely plausible - then these latest comments come across as somewhat disrespectful.

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