Following Real Madrid’s 0-1 defeat at home to cross-town rival Atlético Madrid, Real’s perennial superstar Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t hold back when asked by reporters about the loss, saying criticizing him is unfair as he is playing with teammates below his “level.”
Ronaldo, who hasn’t scored a goal against Atlético in the two clubs’ previous five fixtures, was practically asked if he’s “lost it”.
“It annoys me that they say that Cristiano has dropped his level, and that is why Madrid have dropped their level,” he said. “If they were all at my level we would be first. You always ask me these crappy questions — it seems that here in Spain, I am in the s—.“The numbers do not lie. Statistics never trick you — it is easy.”
After recognizing the importance of Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema’s extended absence due to injury, Ronaldo subtweeted the heck out of Real’s second-teamers
“I don’t want to knock anyone, no teammate, but when the best are missing… I like to play with Bale, Benzema,” he said. “I don’t want to say that Jese, Lucas [Vazquez] or [Mateo] Kovacic are not good players, they are very good, but… to win a competition you need to have your best players.”
Furthermore, re: Barcelona’s La Liga dominance this campaign:
“In a competition this long, to win you need to have your best team. They are 12 points ahead, obviously they have done better than us,” Ronaldo said. “If you had Neymar, [Luis] Suarez and [Leo] Messi almost always injured, Barca wouldn’t be where they were. Maybe, but I don’t believe so.”