Real Madrid striker Ronaldo has apologised for throwing a water battle into the crowd after being verbally abused by fans during his side’s 1-0 home win over Malaga on Sunday.

The incident occurred when the Brazilian was being substituted five minutes from time.

“When I got close to the bench two young lads shouted racist insults against me and my mother. I reacted in the wrong way, but the insults were very bad…It was nothing, really,” Ronaldo told reporters after the game.

His standing among supporters plummeted when he returned late from his engagement party in Paris. Matters were not helped by his dismissal in Real’s Champions League defeat to Juventus.