Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho had to be restrained in Real Madrid changing room bust-up
An extract from Guillem Balague's book, Cristiano Ronaldo: The Biography, has shed more light on the breakdown in the relationship between the Portuguese star and the then Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho.
By time Mourinho departed from Madrid in 2013, he had alienated members of the playing squad, the board and a large section of supporters. It was perhaps the deterioration of his relationship with star player Ronaldo which had a significant impact on his Bernabeu exit.
In one extract from the book, Balague describes a dressing room bust-up between the pair following a Copa del Rey quarter-finals victory over Valencia January 2013 where tensions within the squad reached a head.
On the sidelines, Mourinho had instructed the Portuguese star to track back in the final stages of the game, and reprimanded the former United player in the changing room for taking a quick throw that Mesut Özil was unable to control, allowing Valencia to attack.
"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?!'” Balague writes.
Mourinho tried to remain calm in light of Ronaldo's anger, but the player wasn't finished there.
“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.”
"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."