Cristiano Ronaldo says: It's Rafa Benitez or me
The Real Madrid star's relationship with his manager is allegedly at an all-time low
It was obvious that the fallout from Real Madrid’s 4-0 defeat to Barcelona at the Bernabeu on Saturday would continue after the final whistle. And it hasn’t taken long for the first ‘fire’ to be lit. According to La Gazette Dello Sport, Cristiano Ronaldo ‘exploded’ against Rafael Benitez, with whom he already had a tense relationship.
The said media revealed that the Portuguese forward has given Madrid president Florentino Perez an ultimatum. “It’s Benitez or me,” it’s reported the 30-year-old has stated, asking for the dismissal of Los Blancos’ manager.
In addition, it’s worth remembering that many other Madrid players do not have a great relationship with Benitez. Sergio Ramos admitted after the Clasico that he has more of an affinity with Carlo Ancelotti that his current coach. Other players, such as James Rodriguez and Denis Cheryshev, have also made public their differences with Benitez in recent weeks.