Zinedine Zidane hits out at Real Madrid fans who want Cristiano Ronaldo sold

Published 22 Comments

Football News

Zinedine Zidane will have been acutely aware after replacing Rafael Benitez as Real Madrid head coach in January that keeping Cristiano Ronaldo happy was one of his most important objectives.

Benitez got off to a bad start with Ronaldo after refusing to name the three-time Ballon d’Or winner as the world’s best player last summer. The Spanish coach tried to make amends by performing a U-turn in another press conference less than a week later, but the damage had already been done.

Ronaldo never saw eye-to-eye with Benitez and it was only ever going to end badly for the latter. He was sacked after seven months in the hot-seat by the trigger-happy Florentino Perez.


Apply to become a GMS writer by signing up and submitting a 250-word test article:

So, Zidane has made a point of declaring Ronaldo as the world’s best player, even after Barcelona’s Lionel Messi won a record-breaking fifth Ballon d’Or award in January.

Whether that’s what the legendary French midfielder truly believes is unclear but that doesn’t particularly matter. What matters is that Ronaldo believes Zidane thinks he’s the best in the world. It’s all very childish but this is the reality of the situation.

Zidane hits back at Real Madrid fans

Zidane, keen to keep Ronaldo smiling, was asked for his thoughts in his pre-match press conference on Monday - per the Mirror - after Ronaldo was jeered by home supporters after his disappointing first-half performance against Celta Vigo on Saturday.

Real Madrid failed to score their first goal until the 41st minute but ended up winning the match 7-1, with Ronaldo scoring four in 26 second-half minutes.

"There are fans who want Ronaldo to be sold? Well I don't and I'm the coach,” Zidane commented, ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League match against AS Roma at the Bernabeu.

"As far as the whistles go, they did it to me too... to everyone."

Ronaldo's goalscoring record for Real Madrid is absurd

Real Madrid fans are notoriously demanding and it is likely to sound bizarre to your average football supporter that the Bernabeu faithful would dare boo a player who has scored so many goals for their club.

In 335 appearances for Los Blancos, Ronaldo has netted a ridiculous 352 goals.

No player in Real Madrid’s history has scored more goals than the Portuguese superstar.

But he should have won more team trophies

However, it could be argued that Ronaldo has underachieved in terms of team trophies won since arriving at the Bernabeu from Manchester United in 2009.

One La Liga title in seven years is a poor return for £80 million, although Ronaldo would argue that he has done all he can on a personal level to help his club win more silverware during that time.

The 31-year-old has also won two Copa del Rey titles, the UEFA Super Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup and the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, but Real Madrid fans always expect - and demand - more.

Should Real Madrid sell Cristiano Ronaldo this summer? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Cristiano Ronaldo
UEFA Champions League
La Liga
Real Madrid
Zinedine Zidane

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again