Cristiano Ronaldo is clearly the alpha male at Real Madrid.
Any player who can openly slam his teammates by insisting, “if everyone was at my level, we’d be top,” and still earn the respect of his peers is either incredibly imposing or extremely talented, so can get away with it.
Fortunately for the Portuguese, he is both.
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A video has emerged of Ronaldo mocking James Rodriguez after the Colombian slipped over in a training session.
It’s actually rather hilarious. Check it out below.
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Ronaldo mocks James
James falls to the floor in a desperate attempt to retrieve the ball in a rondo. Ronaldo takes no mercy on his teammate, purposely going to ground and imitating the 24-year-old.
It’s a clear sign that things are rosy in the Real Madrid camp.
Madrid's purple patch
Ronaldo criticised his pals after the 1-0 loss at home to Atletico Madrid in February but, instead of creating a rift in the locker-room, his words seem to have provided a wake-up call.
Madrid have closed a 12-point gap to Barcelona in La Liga to just a single point and are through to the Champions League semi-finals, where they are favourites to overcome Manchester City.
Despite winning 13 of their past 16 games, including an impressive victory in El Clasico, Zinedine Zidane has warned his players that they still have plenty of work to do if the season is to end with silverware.
Speaking ahead of tonight’s La Liga clash at home to Villarreal, the Frenchman told reporters, per ESPN: “We're in a good situation but have not achieved anything yet.
“To talk about us going to win everything... I don't like it. We have the fortune to be able to play for La Liga and the Champions League. But nothing has been won yet. There is a lot of talk about winning everything but the players are focused on what we must do.
“They know it will not be easy at all. We are capable of doing it, yes. We are getting closer, but that does not mean anything yet. We must work, battle until the last game, the last minute. I can assure you of that -- we will work hard."
Madrid have capitalised on Barcelona’s slump that has seen the reigning champions pick up one point from their past four games.
But Zidane, who replaced Rafa Benitez in January, wants his players to focus on their own performances.
“I’m thinking about what we must do ourselves,” the Frenchman continued. “Each team has their own difficult moments over the season. That does not mean anything -- they are still first.
“If they win all their games, and we win all our games, we will not win the league. We must keep doing our work, with our idea, and the dream that we can do something. But always with hard work.”