Transfer Balls: Watch Ronaldo edge closer to Manchester United in a fantasy row with ‘hombre’ Benitez
Transfer Balls: Is Cristiano Ronaldo heading back to Manchester United?
In “Utd Ron alert Rafa row opens door”, the Sun says Real Madrid’s new manager and and Crisitiano Ronaldo have “clashed“. The pair have a “deteriorating relationship”.
Evidence of a row seems based on a very small incident – well, ok, two very small incidents. With Real Madrid in Melbourne “Ronaldo had a pop at new Madrid boss Benitez during training on Wednesday after having a goal disallowed” for offside”.
Ronaldo, 30, said “vai caralho”. The Sun runs it through Google translate and says it means “‘c**k’ but loosely translated can mean the F-word”.
He then added: “You always only pick on the Portuguese.”
If every time a footballer swore was a sign they were leaving the club, whither Wayne Rooney. And might what Ronaldo said have been a joke?
He repeated the words to former Liverpool boss Benitez, who tried to brush it off with a smile.
Did he smile because he knew it was a joke?
Ronaldo had another go at Benitez at the end of the session when the Real boss tried to get his players to hit the bar.
He said: “It is about putting the ball in there (the goal). Not this sh*t.”
For this Manchester United are on “red alert”.
The Sun is not alone in this balls. The Mirror adds:
Frustrated Cristiano Ronaldo ‘FURIOUS with Rafa Benitez for disallowed goal in training’ and ‘calls crossbar training ‘s**t”
And the Express, which notes:
Cristiano Ronaldo edges closer to Man United move after bust-up with Rafa Benitez
Indeed, the Express says Ronaldo is now “eyeing” a move to United.
Not one newspaper notes that Ronaldo referred to Benitez as “hombre“, which is often a term of affection. Anorak’s tame spaniard Jose tells us it’s a lot like “dude“.
The Sun then adds:
Benitez already riled his star man last week when he refused to single him out as the best player in the world — instead saying he was on the same level as other Real players.
Sure. And then he said:
“Fortunately, after working with him, you understand how competitive he is, how much he likes to win, the quality he has. For that, he’s the best in the world. I would like to see everyone have the same desire to win.”
Well, he does always only pick on the Portuguese.