Cristiano Ronaldo cooked up quite the storm following Real Madrid’s 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
The Portuguese winger has some apologising to do after saying of his teammates: “If they were all as good as me, we’d probably be top,” as reported by Marca.
But Ronaldo has since backtracked on his comments. Apparently, he didn’t intend to imply that he is the best player in the Madrid squad.
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He told Marca: “When I say that, I am talking about my fitness level, not my level as a player. I am no better than any of my teammates.”
Is anyone really buying that?
Even in the heat of the moment, Ronaldo’s original comment is rather bizarre. He has never failed to hide his egotism but to verbally flaunt his arrogance is stunning.
He added in the aftermath to the Madrid derby: “Each year, if you believe the press, it looks as if I am crap, but the numbers and stats don’t add up to that.
“I like to play alongside Pepe, Karim [Benzema], Gareth Bale and Marcelo,” he continued. “I am not saying that Jese, Lucas [Vazquez] and [Mateo] Kovacic aren’t any good, they are very good, but all the same…”
He continued to defend himself to Spanish newspaper AS, saying: “They have misinterpreted my statements after the match,” as per The Sun.
“I was not saying I’m better than the others. I meant the physical part and injuries.”
Ronaldo’s comments haven’t endeared him to Florentino Perez. According to El Confidential, the Madrid president has grown tiresome of the 31-year-old’s attitude and will look to replace him with Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski in the summer.