- Real Madrid held to draw with Atletico Madrid, 10 points adrift of Barcelona
- Tension after the game as Ronaldo criticises his teammates
- Reports claim it’s one of many reasons why he wants to leave
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It’s fair to say that this season isn’t going to plan for Real Madrid, and it’s reportedly leading to tension with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Following their goalless draw against Atletico Madrid on Saturday, the reigning La Liga champions remain in third place in the standings but dropped 10 points adrift of Barcelona.
Given the quality and form of Ernesto Valverde’s side so far this season, that could be a sizeable gap that Madrid are unable to overturn, but naturally they’ll continue to believe they can until it’s mathematically impossible.
Meanwhile, they also took just one point from two meetings with Tottenham in the Champions League as they risk finishing second in Group H, and so there’s a lot for Zinedine Zidane and his players to think about in the coming months.
It won’t help matters when there are fresh reports of building tension with Ronaldo, as Don Balon, as re-reported by The Express, note that the Portuguese superstar ‘exploded’ after the game against Atleti and criticised his teammates.
Given he’s scored just one goal in eight La Liga games so far this season, the 32-year-old might want to look in the mirror too, but it’s claimed that he ‘questioned the commitment’ of others, while his struggles could arguably be put down to those around him not putting him in a position to be the game-changer that he has been for so many years.
It’s re-iterated by Don Balon that this is one of a number of reasons why Ronaldo wants to leave Madrid, and with more disappointing performances and results, it could be edging closer to reality if Los Blancos end up empty-handed at the end of the season.
Given his relentless drive to be the best and win major trophies though, you have to question the report slightly as perhaps it’s a frustration and desperation to win rather than looking for excuses to kick up a fuss.