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Ronaldo staying at Real Madrid amid rift with Mourinho

Posted on May 10, 2013 by admin

When Ronaldo scored against Malaga on Wednesday night, it was his 200th goal for Real Madrid, a feat he achieved in just 197 games. Not surprisingly this makes him the quickest player to reach the total in the history of the club. It also reinforces why the Madrid fans are desperate for him to stay. That now seems more likely than ever for a number of reasons.

After his goal on Wednesday, Ronaldo pointed to the Bernabeu turf and shouted, “Yo aqui, Yo aqui,” This means I am here in Spanish and seems ti indicate his intention to stay in Madrid, rather than move as the media has been suggesting.

The most likely destination for the striker, if he did leave, was his former club Manchester United, because of his close relationship with Alex Ferguson and the fans. The manager has now announced his retirement, making Ronaldo’s return a lot less likely.

The third factor, and one which threatens to overshadow everything at the club at the moment, is Jose Mourinho. A Portuguese TV station has analysed footage of Ronaldo after his goal and they seem to have picked up the player directing an insult in Portuguese towards the bench.

Ronaldo had famously said that he was sad earlier in the season and Mourinho suggested earlier this week that it was the team’s sadness that had cost them another La Liga title. Ronaldo is clearly angered by Mourinho trying to shift the blame onto him, when most of the players blamed the pre-season preparations.

So it seems as if Ronaldo is another Real Madrid player who has fallen out with the coach, which makes Mourinho’s summer departure another reason for Ronaldo to stay. There is still no further news, however, on whether Ronaldo will agree to extend his current contract, which is due to expire in 2015. It will probably depend on who is in charge next season and how they get along.

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