Ronaldo's criticism of teammates the difference between him and the selfless Messi

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It would be a fair statement to make that Cristiano Ronaldo has cut a frustrated and ill-tempered figure in recent times.

The comments made by the Portuguese regarding his teammates following Real Madrid's 1-0 defeat to Atletico has done him no favours and only brought unwanted publicity to both himself and the club, who sit 12 points adrift of top spot in La Liga.

His words have also seen his arrogant reputation re-emerge, essentially ridiculing those around him at the Bernabeu for not being as good as him.


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On a broader scale, though, Ronaldo's comments were yet another reminder of why he is regarded the world's second best player behind Lionel Messi.

It's hard to envisage a scenario where Messi would complain about his teammates' lack of skill, talent or professionalism. One can only assume Ronaldo's outburst was a result of various frustrations both on and off the field.

On January 11, Barcelona's Messi reclaimed the Ballon d'Or from his arch rival, who won it in two consecutive years previous. Losing out to the Argentine would have undoubtedly hurt Ronaldo after two years at the top.

Speculation and questions from the media will have also frustrated the Portugal international, who stormed out of a press conference recently when his relationship with Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema was compared to Barcelona's MSN.

During the same interview, Ronaldo reacted angrily to a reporter's suggestion that his away goals record isn't good enough by saying: "Can you name one player who has scored more away from home than me since I've been in Spain? No, you can't, there aren't any. Bye everyone."

Ronaldo has long been regarded a selfish player and recent comments only cemented that fact, which is ultimately the difference between him and the selfless Messi.

Unlike his Portuguese rival, the Barcelona forward plays for the fans, club and players around him rather than for his own benefit and ego.

To epitomise this point, Messi handed teammate Neymar a penalty during a 7-0 victory over Cordoba last May despite the former being the club's designated spot-kick taker. What's more, is the Argentina international was chasing La Liga's coveted 'Pichichi' award, with Ronaldo the other leading contender.

Would Ronaldo offer such an opportunity to Bale, for example? Arguably not. The Portuguese has become obsessed with bettering Messi, to the point where his own achievements eclipse those of his team's.

A hugely talented footballer he might be, but the Portuguese star's selfish attitude has largely proved the difference when it comes to discussing the world's best player.

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