Cristiano Ronaldo is still angry that Rafael Benitez refused to name him as the world’s best player during pre-season and won’t speak to the Real Madrid head coach.
This is according to Neox TV’s ‘El Chiringuito’ - and brought to our attention by Spanish newspaper Sport - who understand the situation is so tense that Benitez has asked for the club’s general manager Jose Angel Sanchez to intervene in an attempt to get the three-time Ballon d’Or winner back on side.
However, Ronaldo is not ready to end his cold war with Benitez, which may explain why the Portuguese star has been so underwhelming during the opening weeks of the 2015-16 campaign.
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To understand why Ronaldo is allegedly so annoyed with Benitez, we need to go back to mid-July, when the newly-appointed Real Madrid manager made a point of not declaring his number seven as the world’s best player.
"To say that he is one of the best in the world I believe is sufficient," the former Liverpool, Inter Milan and Chelsea boss was quoted as saying by the Mirror.
"It is like asking my daughter if she prefers my wife or me. The father or the mother. It's not easy.”
A week later, though, Benitez - presumably after a quiet word in the ear from Real Madrid officials - changed his tune.
“Fortunately after working with him you can see how competitive he is and how keen he is to win. He has great quality and that’s what makes him the best player in the world,” Benitez was quoted as saying by Spanish newspaper AS. “I wish all the players had the same enthusiasm to compete and win. He shows this on a day by day basis and I’m delighted with him.”
Ronaldo is not playing well enough at the moment
But Ronaldo, it seems, still hasn’t forgiven Benitez for his snub - and he’s sulking as a result.
While it’s true that Ronaldo has scored five La Liga goals this season, all of them came in one match - during the 6-0 thrashing of Espanyol.
So, of the seven league fixtures Real Madrid have played at the start of the current campaign, the 30-year-old has failed to score in six of those matches - form that is starting to concern the Bernabeu faithful.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if Ronaldo bounces back from his dry spell with a flurry of goals after the international break - but, in order to hit top gear again, the egotistical forward may need to let bygones be bygones with his manager.
Real Madrid fans: do you believe Cristiano Ronaldo really has such a big ego that he won’t speak to Rafael Benitez because of what he said in July? Get your comments in down below to let us know!