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Jorge Mendes forced to defend Cristiano Ronaldo 30th birthday party

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Turning 30 is usually cause for celebration because, well, it's better than the alternative, but it seems Cristiano Ronaldo's celebrations were out of order for some and now his 'super agent' Jorge Mendes has been forced to defend.

It wasn't that he was celebrating at all that people took exception to, it was that he did so the evening after Real Madrid were absolutely hammered 4-0 by city rivals Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon.

As most who follow Spanish football will suspect, any smiles or happiness after a mauling in the 'derby' are a big no no - for either side. However, the pressure on the team at Real Madrid is like no other and Cristiano Ronaldo knows this, so he can have little surprise over the fall out.

Fans and some sections of the press in Spain have suggested the aftermath of such a damaging defeat is not the time to be seen singing and dancing - especially if you're films singing an erotic song while wearing a glittery golden top hat.

However, Mendes has reacted angrily to the claims that the Portugal captain did not take the defeat seriously. He claimed that the Ballon d'Or winner was distraught and that nobody takes defeat more seriously.

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Mendes said the party had been planned far in advance and family commitments meant it could not be cancelled. In fact, he said that the former Manchester United star had to be consoled by friends for a full two hours to drag him from his gloom and was furious at the reports.

Not A Happy Bunny

"He was very angry. Any player that loses a game and more so, Ronaldo, who is a great professional, who continues to be the best professional in the world, would be angry," Mendes is quoted as saying in the Daily Star.

"The fact is that his birthday party had been organised more than a month ago and he had family coming from abroad. He didn't want to cancel out of respect for the people that came.

"What is inadmissible is that somebody takes advantage of a private affair to release a video. Ronaldo was devastated after the defeat and people spent two hours trying to cheer him up."

Complete Dismantling

As rebuttals go, you can't get much more serious than that. Ronaldo was returning from a three-match suspension for the game and they were hoping that the team's good form going into the game would be boosted.

In the end it turned out to be the exact opposite and Diego Simeone's men were absolutely dominant from beginning to end and the match was effectively over inside the first 20 minutes with them leading 2-0.

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