Cristiano Ronaldo clarifies statement about being better than his teammates
Cristiano Ronaldo stirred a bit of controversy last night after claiming he was 'better' than his teammates and that they'd have won the game against Atletico if his teammates were on his level. Now, the Portuguese has come out defending that statement and claiming it was misinterpreted by the media.
“My comments were misinterpreted after the game. I wasn't saying that I'm better than everyone else. I was referring to injuries. The team have lost a lot of important players through injury like Pepe, Bale, Benzema, Marcelo... That has harmed us and prevented us from reaching our usual level.
"I have the upmost respect for my team-mates and I'd never want to offend them. I don't consider myself better than anyone", he told AS.
Earlier to this statement, Ronaldo's teammate, Sergio Ramos, came out in defence of the forward and insisted that he'd never say anything like that. "I know he doesn't really think that way", Ramos told journalists late after the game.
Ronaldo has had a rollercoaster of a season this time around and with both rivals – Barcelona and Atletico Madrid – having beaten Real Madrid at home, plenty are wondering if the team – and Ronaldo – have it in them to put up a fight that will keep them alive in the race come the end of the season.
The former Manchester United man put in a subpar performance again for the Los Blancos with Atletico winning their third consecutive game at the Santiago Bernabeu. Antoine Greizmann scored the winning goal for Diego Simeone's men who cut down the lead to title-favourites Barcelona to just 2 points – albeit with the Catalans having two game to spare.
This was the first defeat Zinedine Zidane has incurred in the league after taking over Rafael Benitez midway through the season. His Real Madrid side now travel to tricky opponents Levante before hosting Celta Vigo at the Bernabeu.