Zinedine Zidane might have denied any sort of rift with Cristiano Ronaldo, but footage of the Real Madrid superstar in training suggests he’s still not over Saturday’s events against Las Palmas.
Madrid were leading 2-1 when, in the 70th minute, Zidane attempted to close up shop by replacing Ronaldo with Lucas Vazquez. Not only did Los Blancos go on to concede a late equaliser but the Portuguese decided to kick up a fuss.
“Foda-se” was one phrase Ronaldo allegedly muttered, or “f*** you” in Portuguese.
“I did everything for the 2-1, f*** you! 20 minutes! 20 minutes!” Cleary, the 31-year-old wasn’t happy.
Zidane dismissed Ronaldo’s furious reaction, saying: “Everything is normal, Cristiano wasn’t the only one angry after the game but it’s over now," per the Daily Mail.
“We have spoken about it. I'm not dumb and he's intelligent. We all have the same objectives, the two of us and the rest of the team.”
Yet it seems that something could be brewing beneath the surface. Ronaldo is still not yet at 100 per cent after the injury he sustained in the Euro 2016 final and his behaviour throughout Saturday’s draw hinted at unrest.
He reacted to Karim Benzema’s goal by waving his arm in fury and, of course, there was the response to his substitution.
Madrid are in Germany ahead of their Champions League encounter against Borussia Dortmund. But if you thought Ronaldo was working extra hard in training to show Zidane how wrong he was to take him off, think again.
In footage captured by Spanish channel El Chiringuito, Ronaldo cut an extremely agitated figure.
During a rondo, he produced a half-hearted pass before waving his arms in frustration. When the game restarted, he launched a two-footed tackle towards Karim Benzema.
Moments later, he nearly caught Gareth Bale with another reckless challenge.
The final straw came with he picked the ball up after it hit his finger and booted it away.
Check out the bizarre footage below.
Just why Ronaldo is so enraged isn’t clear. Ok, so he’s expressed his frustration at being substituted in the past, but this seems like quite the overreaction.
Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel responded to a question about Ronaldo’s form by admitting that his team will have to be wary of a player who has scored 94 goals in the competition.
“Who said Cristiano is out of form? And what does that mean? I can't give a concrete answer but Cristiano is one of the best players in the world,” Tuchel said, per the Daily Mail. “He is an incredible player, a born winner.”