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Ronaldo 'sad' at Real Madrid

2012-09-03 09:15

Barcelona - Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo sparked a storm of media speculation over his future on Monday by saying he was 'sad' at the club.

Ronaldo scored a brace in Madrid's 3-0 win over Granada on Sunday but did not celebrate either goal.

Quizzed by reporters after the game at the Santiago Bernabeu, he said: "It could be because I am a bit sad. That is the only reason. When I don't celebrate goals, I am not happy."

Ronaldo was elusive about the reasons for his unhappiness, saying only that it was professional rather than personal. "I am not going to say more. People know why," he was quoted as saying in the media.

Asked if he was upset because Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta was crowned UEFA Best Player in Europe on Thursday, he replied: "No, it's not that. There are more important things."

Iniesta deserved the award, he added.

The 27-year-old Portuguese said his thigh was hurting but he hoped it would recover in the next few days to allow him to play.

"He can't take it any more," headlined the front page of top selling sports daily Marca. Ronaldo "disconcerts Madrid and sounds alarm bells after not celebrating his goals against Granada," it said.

Ronaldo had gone to see Real Madrid chairman Florentino Perez on Saturday to say he was unhappy in the club, the paper said, without citing a source.

Marca said team-mates, who were not named, believed he had become more miserable since Iniesta was honoured. Ronaldo and Barcelona striker Lionel Messi had also been in the running.

"Does he want to go?" asked an article in rival sports paper AS. Ronaldo's "attitude is a depth charge that could explode with serious consequences if no-one intervenes urgently at the club."

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho had criticised their performance against Granada.

"I did not like the game as we had little rhythm. We have had little time to work this week and we were slow. We got the points but that is not enough, we have to play better," he said.

The coach had already laid in to the team's performance in their previous first division game, a 2-1 defeat at derby rivals Getafe, which he had described as "unacceptable in every aspect".

Real Madrid redeemed themselves on Wednesday, though, claiming the season's first piece of silverware with a 2-1 victory over 10-man Barca that delivered the Spanish Super Cup on away goals.

AFP

Comments
  • dorfling.terblanche - 2012-09-03 09:24

    Come back to United!

      nun.chuck.7 - 2012-09-03 09:37

      I don't think we could afford his wages. The only club's that could would be Man City, PSG, or one of those obscure chinese clubs.

  • boulvy.selala - 2012-09-03 09:31

    the prodigal son of Sir Alex..Come back home son,come join the best players in the world.. Rooney,RvP,Kagawa,Scholes,Vidic

      david.baker.sa - 2012-09-03 11:18

      Like Man U could afford him? Best in the world? Not even the best in the North of England

  • louiseroger.higham - 2012-09-03 09:33

    He may be a good footballer but he's a spoilt brat, the minute he doesn't get his own way he starts sulking.

      freddie.miff - 2012-09-03 10:13

      Yes, it is high time he grew up and became an adult. Spoilt, overpaid petulant brat.

  • nhlapop - 2012-09-03 09:36

    Com back to Man United where you belong, we all know thjat you not happy there.

      fdalana - 2012-09-03 10:45

      they can not afford him.

  • francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-09-03 09:48

    something to do with a russian club...

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-09-03 09:53

    Another proof that money does not buy happiness!!! The sad part now is that Ronaldo's worth is inflated, no one in the right mind will pay more 100million pounds for an ageing player like Ronaldo. He should solve his problems with Real Madrid and stay there. Messi made a promise that he will never leave Barca for any team, that is a player with loyalty and brains.

  • leonard.w.gray - 2012-09-03 09:56

    How can you be sad when you are one of the highest paid soccer players in the world? Prima Donna.

  • dakey.ras.73 - 2012-09-03 09:59

    I won't try to understand the emotions of a guy dating a supermodel(ish) who then adopts a child instead of just getting his girlfriend pregnant. I think he's sad because for the first time in his life, he is starting to realise that he's a tosser.

      cheslin.white.7 - 2012-09-03 20:04

      Agreed

  • bmaestro - 2012-09-03 11:01

    come to the emirates bro!

  • bmaestro - 2012-09-03 11:03

    money cant buy you happiness--a wise man once said--now im sayin it again

  • lukombo.cliff - 2012-09-03 14:12

    I think this is a good opportunity for Mancini and his qataris master to jump on! They were kind of quiet during this transfert period. I hope he is not puting all his money on Tevez for the reasons everyone knows,including playing golf while others are sweating for their club!

  • scooter.moepeng - 2012-09-03 16:10

    Hos'naks...

  • cheslin.white.7 - 2012-09-03 20:03

    Honestly, what a knob he is.

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