Cristiano Ronaldo is making an ugly habit of lashing out at opposing players.
For the second successive weekend, the Real Madrid star has made headlines for the wrong reasons after kicking Real Betis defender Francisco Molinero in Madrid’s 1-1 draw on Sunday.
The off-the-ball incident comes a week after Ronaldo kicked Sporting Gijon’s Nacho Cases.
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Ronaldo was fortunate not to receive punishment for that incident but it will be surprising if he escapes retrospective action once again.
The footage shows the Madrid star reacting angrily to Molinero blocking his path, kicking the defender’s foot and knocking him to the ground.
FourFourTwo reported Molinero telling Canal Plus after the game: “It was an ugly gesture by Ronaldo to kick out with his leg.
“If the referee sees it, it’s an act of aggression.
“I also give out fouls, I am not a saint, but the ball has to be there. Without the ball it is undue.
Watch the incident:
What caused it?
The cause of Ronaldo’s outbursts are unknown. Perhaps he’s still fuming about Lionel Messi winning the Ballon d’Or ahead of him.
Or maybe he is forecasting his intentions to pursue a career in kickboxing once his football days are over.
Whatever the cause, the 30-year-old is fully aware that kicking players isn’t acceptable.
Ronaldo is supposedly much happier since Rafa Benitez was sacked as Madrid boss - according to reports, the words ‘friendly’ and ‘cordial’ cannot be used to describe their relationship.
But Ronaldo’s schoolboy-like actions require a telling off from Zinedine Zidane, Benitez’s replacement.
As the world celebrates Messi’s triumphs, Ronaldo’s on-field brilliance will not continue to hide his petulant actions for much longer.
Karim Benzema’s 71st minute equaliser secured a 1-1 draw for Madrid, who fell four points behind leaders Barcelona.
And they could be without their star player in the upcoming weeks if Ronaldo receives retrospective punishment.
Silly, silly boy.