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Cristiano Ronaldo has caused a rift in Real Madrid's dressing room

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Cristiano Ronaldo has hit headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent weeks.

Not only is the 31-year-old undergoing his worst goalscoring run since joining Real Madrid, but during Sunday's win over Atheltic Bilbao, he was accused of calling offside against his own teammate.

When Alvaro Morata scored the late winner, Ronaldo raised his arm and looked directly at the linesman, with theorists claiming he was looking for the goal to be disallowed.

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That would prove not to be the case, of course, but the pressure remains for Ronaldo to start delivering for Zinedine Zidane's side.

And it would seem such pressure is having a negative impact at the Bernabeu.

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According to Spanish journalist Pipi Estrada, per the Mirror, Ronaldo's poor form has divided Real's dressing room, with a number of the club's stars growing frustrated.

Speaking on pro-Madrid television show El Chiringuito, Estrada lambasted those who are criticising Ronaldo behind his back.

"If it were a leader in the dressing room [who was criticising Ronaldo] then he would do it face to face with Cristiano,” he said.

"There are voices behind, getting louder.

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"The dressing room is bereft of leaders, but we can't deny that there are some things that have to be called to account."

Ronaldo's role as an indisputable starter has also reportedly ruffled a few feathers in the Real camp, with fans making their feelings clear towards the Portugal international during the Bilbao win.

Zidane remains confident that Ronaldo will rediscover his goalscoring form, despite the fact he's scored just twice in La Liga this season.

"I don't understand the jeers but at the same time, I was also jeered and it can happen," he said, per Sky Sports.

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"The public demands a lot from the players and the Bernabeu is special. Cristiano knows that and is not concerned by it.

"Of course I prefer if he scores two of three goals per game, but I'm not worried because I know it will happen.

"He is not making his chances now but he will, soon he will do so and with calmness."

Ronaldo has the chance to disprove his critics on Wednesday night when Real travel to Cultural Leonesa in the Copa del Rey, before Saturday's game against Alaves in La Liga.

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