Cristiano Ronaldo cut an angry figure after Zinedine Zidane subbed him off in the 72nd minute of Real Madrid’s 2-2 draw with Las Palmas on Saturday.
The Portuguese star, deeply frustrated by his failure to score against the team from Gran Canaria, was seen muttering various words under his breath as he made his way towards the dugout.
Ronaldo couldn’t even look at Zidane - although he did shake the Frenchman’s hand - and his sulk lasted for several more minutes as he watched the closing stages of the match from the sidelines.
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But what was Ronaldo saying?
The 31-year-old will have been acutely aware that lip-readers would have accurately picked up what he said - this happens a lot in Spain - but it seems he was that frustrated he simply didn’t care.
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Here's what Ronaldo said...
Cameras on Deportes Cuatro stayed on Ronaldo while the action continued, and the three-time Ballon d’Or winner had some pretty uncomplimentary things to say about Zidane.
According to Sport, Cristiano allegedly said: “your f***ing mother” [su puta madre - can also mean “F**k you”], referring to his boss.
The same publication alleges Ronaldo said “Foda-se”, which is apparently a Portuguese expression that falls somewhere between “f**k yourself” and “for f**k’s sake”.
Madrid’s matchday delegate Javi Garcia-Coll was also filmed trying to calm Ronaldo down in the moments before the star took his seat in the dugout.
According to Marca, Garcia-Coll said “Easy, easy” to the former Manchester United forward in an attempt to calm him down.
Zidane was resting Ronaldo for BVB clash
It was a pretty embarrassing reaction from Ronaldo who, at 31, really ought to know better by now.
Zidane, in his post-match press conference, explained that he substituted Ronaldo with Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund in mind - and there’s no doubt Madrid’s No. 7 would have known this at the time.
"We're playing on Tuesday and he has to rest from time to time,” Zidane told reporters, per AS. “He was playing well, but I have to choose and tonight I changed him thinking about Tuesday.
Asked about Ronaldo’s reaction, Zidane added: "Of course he wants to stay on the pitch, but I have to think about my players and in particular Cristiano. We've got a game on Tuesday and he needs to come off occasionally.”
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