Cristiano Ronaldo has risked the wrath of new manager Zinedine Zidane by ignoring orders to stop the frequent visits to Morocco to spend time with his friend, according to The Sun.
Ronaldo flew to meet up with his kick-boxing friend, Badr Hari, after scoring a perfect hat-trick against Espanyol on Saturday night despite the club insisting that the trips to Africa must stop.
It’s reported that the Portuguese star visits his male friend every fortnight and his manager and club president, Florentino Perez, want these visits to end immediately.
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Zidane gave his players two days off and Ronaldo obviously felt the need for a little break after netting his 35th hat-trick for Los Blancos.
Ronaldo’s three goals on Saturday mean that the superstar has now scored 30 goals in 28 appearances in all competitions, drawing him level with Luis Suarez at the top of the goalscoring charts in La Liga.
Madrid’s 6-0 win saw them move to within one point of city rivals Atletico but they still remain four points off Barcelona having played one match more.
Despite Ronaldo’s irresistible form, the club are reportedly losing patience with the former Manchester United man and he’s been linked with a move back to Old Trafford as well as to PSG.
However, Madrid will be reluctant to sell the three-time Ballon d’Or winner after being dealt a transfer ban which will last for the next two transfer windows preventing them from signing a replacement.
Ronaldo hasn’t been the only Madrid player warned by the club to stop the constant travelling, with Sergio Ramos told to cease his journeys to his native Seville.