This town isn’t big enough for the both of us! Ego’s at war.
Hostilities between Real Madrid and Barcelona were showing no sign of abating on Friday night and there was even the suggestion a civil war had blown up in the Madrid dressing room between Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The former Manchester United star has been left out of Saturday’s game against Zaragoza by his coach, who said merely: ‘It’s my decision.’
Ronaldo was critical of Madrid’s defensive tactics against Barcelona, saying: ‘I don’t like it but I have to adapt to what they ask me to do.’
When asked if he was unhappy about comments made by his player, Mourinho said: ‘No, I have no problem with it. He has his opinions.’
Ronaldo will miss out on the chance to add to the 29 league goals he has scored in 30 games this season. He is two goals behind Leo Messi and nine off the La Liga record of 38 league goals in a season.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Clearly the dropping of Cristiano Ronaldo will lead to speculation that all is not well between the player and his boss, not least because Jose Mourinho has more or less ruled out any hope of Real Madrid overcoming a two goal deficit in the second leg of the Champions League Semi-Final so can then not claim that the decision to not pick the Portuguese international is to keep him fresh for next Tuesday.
However the La Liga race looks similarly doomed with the Bernabeu side now eight points behind Barcelona with five games to play Cristiano is clearly the kind of player who would therefore look at the remaining league games as a chance to try to catch up Leo Messi in the individual race to be the top scorer and being left out of a game against strugglers Zaragoza would surely harm his chances with his Argentine rival facing an away trip to mid-table Real Sociedad.
All is not well at Real Madrid and it’s no surprise that talk of a possible Premier League return for Mourinho and a potential departure of Ronaldo have increased significantly in recent days.