Sepp Blatter puts his foot in it again
Real Madrid have asked FIFA president Sepp Blatter to apologize for making fun of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Blatter recently told an audience at Oxford University that Ronaldo “is like a commander on the field of play” before strutting around the stage to the amusement of the students present.
Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said Tuesday that club president Florentino Perez has written to Blatter asking him to “rectify what I consider a lack of respect for a serious and professional player.”
While discussing Ronaldo, Blatter said he preferred Barcelona rival Lionel Messi, the Argentina forward who has won FIFA’s world player of the year award for the past four years.
“Messi is a good boy, that every father and every mother would like to have at home,” Blatter said. “He’s a kind man, a good boy. That’s what makes him so popular, and naturally he’ll always get a lot of votes because he plays well and scores goals.”
Then, while comparing Messi and Ronaldo, Blatter made a joke about Ronaldo’s hair.
“They don’t have the same attitude and that gives life to football. One has more expenses for the hairdresser than the other but that doesn’t matter,” Blatter said.
Ancelotti defended Ronaldo’s character.
“I completely agree with the president (Perez),” Ancelotti said. “I haven’t spoken to Ronaldo about this. I think he shows every day and in every match that he is a serious and professional player that respects everyone.”