It’s been ten days since Cristiano Ronaldo’s astonishing outburst following Real Madrid’s derby defeat to Atletico Madrid at the Bernabeu.
Diego Simeone’s men travelled across the Spanish capital and beat Real in their own back-yard with Antoine Griezmann scoring the only goal of the match.
But it wasn’t the Frenchman that hit the headlines after the match - it was Ronaldo.
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That’s because the Portuguese star spoke to reporters after the match and was quoted by Marca as saying: "If we were all at my level, maybe we would be leaders.
"I don't want to disrespect anyone, but when the best players aren't available, it's harder to win. I like to play with Karim, with Bale, with Marcelo.
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“For all you guys, it seems I am s***, but I don't listen to what the press say. The statistics and numbers don't lie."
Many people in the footballing world felt Ronaldo’s comments were out of order but there is one man who believes the former Manchester United man was right - Christian Karembeu.
Karembeu played at the Bernabeu for three seasons, winning two European Cups during his short spell and has fully backed Ronaldo’s controversial claims.
"I think Ronaldo criticising his team-mates was a good thing. It was great," Karembeu told Goal.com.
“Ronaldo said it because he is a workaholic. He said those things because he would like all his team-mates to have the same attitude. He wants everybody to be perfectionists and to perform at his level.”
Karembeu added: “He needs to be surrounded by the best players in order to reach the goals he wants to achieve and to keep breaking records. He can perform better when he knows he is surrounded by great players.
"And [head coach Zinedine] Zidane is fully aware of that. When he was still playing, we all had to be at his level.
"When Ronaldo said what he said, he also wanted to provoke the other players and to touch their pride. And we saw what happened the game after Cristiano’s criticism, they scored seven goals,” he concluded.
Silence his critics
Since his outburst, Ronaldo has been booed in both of Madrid’s home matches. He silenced the jeers on Saturday when he bagged four goals in their 7-1 romp over Celta Vigo.
However, some whistles could still be heard on Tuesday during their Champions League clash with AS Roma. However, another Ronaldo strike to send his side through to the last-eight of the competition would have helped win over some of the Bernabeu faithful.
But Karembeu has questioned the behaviour of the Los Blancos fans, comparing Ronaldo to the greats in the club’s history.
"Ronaldo criticism? People seem to forget it is a team sport. It is also about the players around him, who create chances, give assists, create room for him. It is a team job," he added.
"Ronaldo is an all-time Madrid great. You had [Ferenc] Puskas, [Paco] Gento, [Alfredo] Di Stefano, Zidane, Raul and then there is Cristiano."
It’s hard to argue with Karembeu’s claims that Ronaldo is an all-time great at Madrid. The 31-year-old has scored an incredible 353 goals in 336 matches during his six-and-a-half seasons at the club.
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