Jose Mourinho saw his Real Madrid team register the first win of this La Liga campaign with a good, if not fantastic, performance. The victory has been slightly overshadowed, however, by the media interest sparked by the statement of Ronaldo and his reaction to scoring his goals.
Ronaldo scored the first two goals as Madrid beat Granada 3-0 at the Bernabeu yesterday. The Portuguese striker was very muted after scoring, hardly celebrating but acknowledging the congratulations of his team mates. In an interview after the game, Ronaldo stated that he was unhappy and that the club were aware of it.
The reasons have not been explained. Some think that he does not feel the full support of the club, others that he does not get along with certain team mates and some think he is trying to renegotiate his contract. Former Madrid player Roberto Carlos believes that Ronaldo is upset because he missed out on the European player of the year award again, this time to Andres Iniesta.
Luka Modric started the game and showed Madrid fans his class, controlling the midfield for an hour before being replaced by Ozil. Ronaldo was also substituted after 65 minutes with Gonzalo Higuain taking his place. Higuain continued his good start to the season by scoring Madrid’s third goal.
It is unusual for Ronaldo not to finish a game, so there does seem to be a problem. Apparently he was seen at the Bernabeu on Saturday with the president Florentino Perez so he may have been outlining his problems then. Perez was at the ground to welcome the last minute addition to the Madrid team. Mourinho has brought in Michael Essien on loan from Chelsea. The two had a very successful time together at Chelsea, and Mourinho feels that he can help to revive Essien’s career while the Ghanain can strengthen the midfield of Madrid.