Real Madrid’s defeat at Real Mallorca has highlighted a rift between Real Madrid strikers Raul and Ronaldo with the Brazilian responding to earlier criticism from the Spanish international.
Raul had criticised his teammate after the Brazilian stated on the eve of last week’s home defeat by Arsenal that he had “never really felt at home at the Bernabeu” and that fans “don’t show any patience to me.”
But following the loss to Mallorca at the weekend, Ronaldo hit back at his fellow ‘galactico.’
“Everyone says what he wants and talks about what he wants. Raul is responsible for his own words and I am for mine, but it’s sure that his words have only made the situation worse,” Ronaldo told Cadena Cope radio.
Raul, one of the few home-grown players to have emerged in the last decade for Real, has achieved talismanic status at the Bernabeu.
Ronaldo, however, has never really convinced the Real faithful that his heart is in Madrid, and there has been speculation that he will head back to Italy in the summer, either to former club Inter or city rivals Milan.
Real defender Sergio Ramos, who scored a consolation goal in Mallorca, also admitted that morale at the club was low.
“After my goal, I had the impression it was Mallorca who had scored,” he said.
“Unity makes you strong and that’s a factor which counts for a lot. It would be different if relations between players were warmer,” he added.
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