Cristiano Ronaldo says he knows why Lionel Messi passed the penalty
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is known to be someone who interacts with the media frequently and is expressive when asked something. Speaking to the media ahead of Real Madrid's round of 16 Champions League encounter against Roma, he was asked many things, including his thoughts on Lionel Messi's pass penalty for Barcelona against Celta Vigo.
Responding to the question, Ronaldo indicated that he knew why Messi had passed the penalty to Luis Suarez in Barcelona’s 6-1 win over Celta Vigo, saying, "I’ll be precise with this. I know why Leo did this, but I won’t elaborate any more. You can now think what you want."
The Portuguese forward clearly said that he understood why Messi did what he did but chose not to elaborate on the same. The Barcelona star has been criticised by many for his actions, who’ve all said that the penalty was disrespectful towards Celta.
Ronaldo also said that he believed that Real Madrid are favourites for the Champions League title, and the fact that they’ve won it the most number of times gives them an added advantage and the confidence to do their best.
“Only important thing is to win on the pitch”
When asked if Messi, Suarez and Neymar’s off the field friendship helped them play better both individually and as a team, Ronaldo said that the only important thing was to win on the picth and that it didn’t really matter if people were friends off the field or not.
He said, "You believe all that you read? I’ll be straight with you. At Manchester United we won the Champions League and I didn’t talk to the likes of Scholes, Giggs or Ferdinand, apart from 'Good Morning'. Despite that, we had an excellent team. I don’t have to go out for dinner with Benzema or invite him over. What counts is what happens on the pitch. I don’t need hugs and kisses."
The Portugal national team captain has in the past shown that he is a thorough professional on and off the field. He has also indicated that he doesn’t appreciate an invasion of his privacy, and has always kept his personal life private, which was also showcased in his autobiographical movie, “Ronaldo,” where he spent a lot of time at home, with his son and close family.
What Ronaldo has clearly said is that it is important to deliver on the field, and as long as players respect each other, which Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema have for each other and which was something that was very clear during his tenure at Manchester United as well.