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Rift between Rafa Benitez and Ronaldo deepens after Madrid star asked to study free-kicks – reports

Published 15/12/2015 | 09:31

Cristiano Ronaldo shoots from a free kick
Cristiano Ronaldo shoots from a free kick

A request from Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez for Cristiano Ronaldo to undergo studies to improve his free-kick technique has worsened the fragile relationship between the pair according to reports in Spain.

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The Portuguese star is hailed as one of the finest dead ball specialists in the world, but his struggled to find the net as regularly in recent times. Ronaldo's strike against Malmo last week during the 7-0 Champions League rout of the Swedish side was his first goal from a free-kick in seven months.

It has been reported since Benitez took over at the Bernabeu that the two do not share a harmonious working relationship, but the former Manchester United player did heap praise on his boss after last week's facile win in Europe.

“The coach is doing a very good job and is still adjusting to Real Madrid. Benitez is doing well," he insisted.

Real Madrid v Manchester City - International Champions Cup Pre Season Friendly Tournament - MCG, Melbourne, Australia
Real Madrid v Manchester City - International Champions Cup Pre Season Friendly Tournament - MCG, Melbourne, Australia

However, according to José Félix Díaz of El Chiringuito, Ronaldo's opinion of the under pressure Spaniard plummeted after attempting to improve his free-kick precision by asking the Portuguese superstar to undergo a biometric study.

The reporter claims the Madrid star left the room when this was suggested.

Real Madrid’s 1-0 reversal at Villarreal was their third loss in La Liga this season and trail Barcelona and Atletico Madrid by five points in the title race.

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