There has been lots of speculation about the reason for the “sadness” of Christiano Ronaldo. His Real Madrid team mates have come out with supportive messages suggesting that it may be for personal reasons and they would support him and help him get over his problem.
His reaction after scoring for Portugal and the images of him laughing and joking while training with the international team would point to the problem being located somewhere in the Spanish capital. Real President Florentino Perez and manager Jose Mourinho plan to have a meeting with Ronaldo when he returns from international duty on Wednesday, and they are determined to sort out whatever the problem is.
Meanwhile, Alex Ferguson has apparently spoken to the owners of Manchester United and urged them to break the bank to re-sign the Portuguese wizard if he really does want to move on. This will not be cheap, as Ronaldo has improved since Madrid paid £80 million for him and there would be plenty of competition from the richest clubs in the world, such as Chelsea and Manchester City.
Ronaldo’s former team mate at Manchester United, Wayne Rooney, may have hit the nail on the head. In his recent autobiography, Rooney reveals that Ronaldo was always talking about his “goal” which was almost an obsession, to be the best in the world. Insiders believe that he does not get the credit he deserves and this is what he is unhappy about.
There are two reasons for this, apparently. Ronaldo is no longer one of the best paid players in the world, and feels his contract should be renegotiated to reflect his standing. In principle the club agrees but the failure to offload Kaka in the summer and the new tax laws in Spain have made this extremely difficult. The other issue is that Ronaldo feels that Madrid have not supported his claim to individual awards such as the Ballon D’Or as much as Barcelona has backed their players Messi and Iniesta.
We will see if there is a change in the demeanour of Ronaldo when Madrid play away to Sevilla on Saturday, and if there is not, he may be in for a hostile reception from his own fans when Manchester City visit the Bernabeu the following Tuesday.