If you thought Cristiano Ronaldo was competitive during matches for Real Madrid, you should see him in training.
It was confirmed earlier today that the Portuguese has been passed as fit to face Manchester City in the Champions League semi-final second leg on Wednesday - and he’s raring to go.
It appears the same can’t be said of his teammates, though, with James Rodriguez on the receiving end of some constructive criticism from Ronaldo during Real’s training session on Tuesday afternoon.
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In the video below, per Goal, the pair are seen participating in a rondo until Ronaldo tells his Colombian counterpart: “James, get your head into it, bro.”
The 31-year-old clearly isn’t impressed by Rodriguez’s effort levels.
Zinedine Zidane’s men will need to be on top of their game when City arrive at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night amidst their bid to claim a place in the Champions League final and record their 11th European Cup success.
The pair drew 0-0 at the Etihad Stadium last week with all still to play for heading into the second leg.
However, the fact Ronaldo will be available this time around will come as a huge boost to Real, who were largely toothless in attack against the Citizens.
Where Rodriguez is concerned, it’s been a difficult season for the Colombia international.
Out of favour and ‘disliked’ by manager Zidane, according to Carlos Valderrama, Rodriguez faces an uncertain future in the Spanish capital.
So much so that Spanish pundit Guillem Balague is confident Real will look to sell the midfielder this summer, despite only signing him from Monaco for £58 million two years ago.
The 24-year-old thoroughly impressed during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and after enjoying a solid first season on Spanish soil, he’s since fallen down the Bernabeu pecking order.
Balague said, per Sky Sports: “Basically, Real will be willing to sell him.
“Zidane has lost faith in him, Florentino Perez has lost faith in him, but they want to recover some of the money they spent on him."
Balague continued to insist Rodriguez is weak mentally, suggesting why his energy levels were so low during training.
“Mentally, he is not strong,” the Spaniard continued. “He found himself on the bench, or rotated by Rafa Benitez, and instead of fighting for his place quietly he took opportunities in the press to subtly criticise Benitez.
“There is too much dragging of the feet and moaning for my liking, and it looks like for Zidane as well.”
Despite his uncertain future, Rodriguez must now step up and prove his worth amidst not only Real’s chase for the Champions League title, but also La Liga.
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