Ask any football fan to name the substitutions their team made last weekend and we guarantee the majority of them would struggle. That is, of course, unless that fan supports Real Madrid. In that case, they would have seen Zinedine Zidane make one of the most controversial changes in recent history.
Forget Wayne Rooney getting dropped to the bench, Cristiano Ronaldo is now the talk of European football after being taken off with 20 minutes to play against Las Palmas on Saturday night.
It was the first time in a very long time that the 31-year-old had come off before the final whistle for tactical reasons. After all, with three Ballon d'Ors and 550 goals for club and country, not even Real Madrid can call on an upgrade from their star-studded bench.
But with Real Madrid clinging on to a narrow 2-1 lead, Zidane wanted someone on the pitch who would track back and called on Lucas Vazquez to do just that. Ronaldo was sacrificed and kicked up a tempest.
Instead of trudging off with his dignity intact, he stormed towards the touchline like a child who had been told his time in the park had come to a premature end. He basically blanked Zidane as he walked towards the bench and commenced a soliloquy that William Shakespeare himself would be proud of.
And it seems the entire team knew there would be trouble, well, at least Isco and James Rodriguez did. The pair are used to spending time on the Real Madrid bench and were warming up when the fateful substitution was made.
Rodriguez appears to have had prior knowledge that it was about to happen and broke the news to Isco. It was the Spanish midfielder's face that said everything you need to know about what Ronaldo's team-mates think of him.
Take a look at this video below:
Spanish media outlet Cuatro were the media outlet credited with capturing the above footage and they also had eyes on Ronaldo has he sat on the bench. They got expert lip-readers in to try to decipher exactly what he was saying to himself and the belief is that a few choice words were muttered.
"Foda-se" was one phrase allegedly used, or "f*** you" in his native Portuguese. There was also a "m***** f*****" spelled out at another point. Whether that was aimed at Zidane or not, we don't know, but a short process of elimination leaves few other candidates.
Shortly after Las Palmas grabbed a late equaliser, Ronaldo also said: "I did everything for the 2-1, f*** you! 20 minutes! 20 minutes!"
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