Cristiano Ronaldo's relationship with Rafa Benitez was so bad, it was reported that the Portuguese played a key role in getting him sacked from his role as Real Madrid manager.
Benitez was handed the job by president Florentino Perez after the club president sacked Carlo Ancelotti. It is believed Benitez got the job simply because Perez had exhausted his supply of world-class managers.
The Spanish coach had been impressive at Napoli but struggled to deal with the massive personalities at the Bernabeu, especially Ronaldo. He last just over six months and was sacked in January.
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But while we believe we know Ronaldo's feelings towards Benitez, who now manages Newcastle in the Championship, the 31-year-old has offered up another thinly-veiled dig during a recent interview.
Speaking to Spanish TV station La Sexta, Ronaldo revealed that Benitez even offered him advice on how to shot and dribble. Considering he has scored over 50 goals in each of his last six seasons, we're not sure the advice was taken too well.
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That's the end of it
Ronaldo said, as translated by Sport Witness: “You can always learn from managers. Some things, yes, some things, not so much. I’ll tell you truthfully, I saw things with Benitez that were different than the rest, but obviously, there are things that cannot be taught, things that you either have or you don’t.
“He told me how to strike the ball or how to dribble. OK, thanks. There are things you just can’t have a debate about because if the other person thinks so differently about it than you, it’s hard, you know? It’s easier to just say ’thanks’, and that’s the end of it.”
The video (Spanish)
How is Zidane fairing?
Benitez was replaced by club legend Zinedine Zidane, who guided them to second place in La Liga and will also contest the Champions League final this Saturday. Needless to say, the Frenchman is going down a lot better with Ronaldo than his predecessor.
On Zidane, Ronaldo said: "He's smart, he does not talk much. He is a shy but very positive person. I identify with those people, he is very professional.
My desire if for him to win his first Champions League as a coach and stay for the next few years. He has no coaching experience, but he working very well."
So it seems to key to keeping Ronaldo happy is to not talk to him too much.
Who would have known?