Revealed: Cristiano Ronaldo almost 'punched' Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid
We all know Jose Mourinho is currently struggling at Chelsea and it is only normal for Sports journalist to reveal more news on the Portuguese manager past struggles.
Guillem Balague released a biography on Cristiano Ronaldo today and the Telegraph have published an exclusive story extracted from the book.
The Summary was that Jose Mourinho wanted Cristiano Ronaldo to track back in a match against Valencia and the Portugese star refused, which led to Mourinho addressing him in the dressing room at half-time. Ronaldo did not like the idea as he felt he has done a lot for his fellow Portugese and does not deserve to be called out for not defending, it almost resulted in a physical fight but other Madrid players intervened.
Read the excerpt below:
The tension was reaching breaking point in the Real Madrid dressing room. They faced Valencia in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals in January 2013 and, in the last stages of the first leg, Jose Mourinho’s side were winning 2–0.
With 10 minutes remaining, the coach very pointedly told Cristiano Ronaldo to track back. He also reprimanded him for hurriedly taking a throw-in that Mesut Özil was unable to control, allowing Valencia to break and provide the final fright of the match.
Mourinho, whose blood was no longer boiling by the time he reached the dressing room, reminded Cristiano of the reason for the instruction on the pitch: “If they get a goal against us…”
The player, unable to contain his fury, got up from the bench where he was changing and began shouting, “After everything I’ve done for you, this is how you treat me! How dare you say that to me?!”
The dressing room turned deadly silent. Mourinho tried to remain calm. “I was saying it for the team, because the team needed you to track back.”
As he could see Cristiano had no intention of calming down, he gradually retreated. Soon after, he approached the forward again to resume the conversation with less tension. But Ronaldo fired back angrily. Mourinho was unable to contain himself any longer.
“Just so you know,’ he shouted for everybody to hear, “many think like me here, but don’t dare say it, they don’t have the balls to tell you.”
Many of the players who witnessed the scene had demanded that Mourinho, either directly or through the coaching staff, ask Ronaldo to defend more. The situation escalated to the point where Cristiano had to be held back (some sources say by Casillas, others say by Arbeloa and Khedira, or even Sergio Ramos) to prevent the pair from coming to blows.
Ronaldo took what should have been understood as a tactical comment as a personal attack. The relationship between Mourinho and Ronaldo would never be the same again.