Cristiano Ronaldo heckled and booed by his own fans - despite scoring
Published 09/03/2016 | 09:14
Cristiano Ronadlo's tumultuous relationship with Real Madrid took a new twist on Tuesday night.
The striker was booed by travelling Real Madrid fans, despite scoring one goal and laying on the other for James Rodriguez.
Real Madrid secured safe passage to the Champions League quarter-finals with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Roma; winning the tie 4-0 on aggregate.
But despite playing a key part in their team's victory, Ronaldo was heckled and booed by large swathes of the Bernabeu crowd after spurning a number of opportunities in front of goal.
Ronaldo recently apologised to his Los Blancos team mates after being quoted saying the rest of the Real Madrid team were not at his level.
"If everyone was at my level, perhaps we would be in first place," Ronaldo told Spanish journalists.
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos gave his backing to the Champions League top goalscorer.
"I would tell the fans to think a little bit first," Ramos told Spanish newspaper, Marca.
"I respect them but when things don't go well they should support their players because we all want the best for Real Madrid.
"He's a historic player for Real Madrid, he keeps proving that year after year, look at what he's achieved."
Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, who is currently unbeaten in Champions League games as a manager, insisted the reception from the Madristas would only spur the 31-year-old on to prove his detractors wrong.
"It will only motivate him. The important thing is that every time Cristiano is on the pitch he wants to score and he keeps doing it."
The former Manchester United striker became the fastest player ever to reach 350 goals across Europe's top five leagues.