The Portugal international has criticised
his fellow players by claiming that the
team would be top of La Liga if they were
at the same level as him
Cristiano Ronaldo has slammed his Real
Madrid team-mates after Saturday’s derby
defeat to Atletico Madrid, claiming they
would be top of the table if others were on
the same level as him.
Antoine Griezmann’s second-half strike
sealed a 1-0 win for Atletico which has left
Zinedine Zidane’s side nine points behind
La Liga leaders Barcelona, who also have
a game in hand.
And in an explosive interview after the loss
at the Santiago Bernabeu, Ronaldo blamed
his team-mates for Madrid’s failing title
challenge and believes criticism directed at
his own performances is unfounded.
“If everyone was as good as me, maybe we
would be first,” said Ronaldo.
“I do not want to belittle anyone but when
they are not the best it is difficult to win. I
like to play with Karim, Bale and Marcelo.
“I do not mean that Jese, Lucas [Vazquez]
and [Mateo] Kovacic are not good, they
are very good, but to win a competition
you need the best and that has been our
main problem this year.
“I don’t know if it was poor preparation in
the first half of the season but we’re
having a lot of injuries and that hurts us.
“We had more chances and we deserved to
win but football is like that.
“From what the press says it seems like I
am doing sh*t but the numbers and
statistics do not lie. They are there.”