Jose Mourinho was appointed as Real Madrid coach in May 2010, after winning the Champions League with Inter Milan.
At that time, Los Blancos, who were still hurting over their round-of-16 elimination in Europe, were convinced that the 'Special One' would helped them silence their arch-rivals Barcelona.
But somehow, the following season, a pricy Real Madrid roster, empowered by Cristiano Ronaldo’s presence and Jose Mourinho’s expertise, were humiliated 5-0 in El Clasico at the Camp Nou in La Liga.
This defeat especially proved that Real had been caught up in the huge amount of pressure compressed within the walls of Spanish football.
Back then, losing 5-0 was not the end of the world for Ronaldo, although it was without doubt a very bad result.
After all, the winger knew he needed more time to get along with the new types of challenges in Spain. The former Manchester United No.7 was just going through his second season in the Real Madrid jersey, and he still had to adapt with the new techniques of his boss Jose Mourinho – having played under Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini the season before.
Still, Ronaldo found success in his first season under the former Porto manager, snatching the Copa del Rey in style after beating Barcelona in the final. The 2010/11 term was obviously a difficult one for the prolific goalscorer, but it appeared his exertions were eased by the influence of Mourinho at the club.
Needless to say, the 'Special One' wasted no time in translating his understanding of the club’s philosophy into dominion and success.
The 2011/12 season saw Real Madrid win La Liga with 100 points, and the ever-prolific Ronaldo ensured he played an essential role in the team’s triumph. Simply put, Mourinho and Ronaldo had turned into the main force of Los Blancos – a force that could resist even the likes of Lionel Messi and Barcelona.
The two Portuguese stars were compatible with each other, and they did not need time to adapt to each others methods.
Although Ronaldo and Mourinho showed no sign of strong friendship off-the-pitch, the duo’s blend on the field never seemed to deteriorate.
This season, nonetheless, both have been compelled to endure the pain of a trophy-less campaign. But then again, the mistakes that caused Real Madrid to miss out on all three available titles lied outside the Mourinho-Ronaldo bond.
In all, it makes sense to conclude that the former Chelsea coach had no trouble managing the Seleção skipper, and the winger himself obviously had no problem playing under the 'Special One’s' directions.
However, Mourinho is now making his way back to Chelsea, and the Madeira-born icon may not make a move this summer. Yet, should Ronaldo decide to stay at Real Madrid next season, then he could be forced to undergo unpleasant times under a new coach, a pressurised coach who could lack the character needed to handle the talisman.
There is currently no confirmation as to who will replace Mourinho at Real, but Ronaldo might just be waiting for the big news, before making his final decision regarding the numerous transfer requests before him right now.
Could he be joining Mourinho at Chelsea? This remains to be seen. But one thing is important for Ronaldo’s career at this stage, and this is to keep progressing, and not testing himself under new conditions.
In the end, it's apparent that Ronaldo will want to play for a side managed by a charismatic tactician capable of giving him the space needed to evolve on the field as an attacker and as a team player as well.
We can only keep our eyes wide open on the upcoming transfer window, for we can never really tell which team will hold the services of Ronaldo.
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