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4 Top Football Personalities Who Were Brave Enough To Criticize Cristiano Ronaldo

As criticism is the backbone of progress and success, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of those living legends who receives the most criticism, probably because of the standard he has set for himself over the years.

He is arguably the best striker in the world, but even though many people believe he is the best. Here are the four people who have been brave enough to criticize him.

Florentino Perez

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner spent nine seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu, where he won all the Domestic and continental trophies with the Los Blancos and also other individual accolades including four of his five Ballon d’Or. He is the club’s all-time top scorer despite leaving the club 4 years ago. His numbers were insane at Real Madrid but it didn’t stop him from Florentino critics.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez annihilated the Portuguese. The Spanish newspaper El Confidential revealed what Real Madrid’s President said in 2012.

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“He’s crazy, this guy is an idiot, a weirdo. You think he is normal, he is not otherwise he wouldn’t do all the things he does.”

However the 37-year-old Portugal international managed to win 4 Champions League titles with the Madridista including other major titles. 

Jose Mourinho

The two Portuguese Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo have had histories full of highs and lows at Real Madrid and are one of the biggest names from a Manager and Player perspective.

However, after a Champions League Matchday in 2013, Mourinho criticized Ronaldo for his bad defensive performance. 

Emmanuel Adebayor said during his 6 months spell with the Los Blancos according to the Daily Mail.

“At Real, we were leading 3-0 at halftime, and Mourinho came into the locker room and had a fit. He kicked the fridge, and the television, he threw water bottles, and he killed everyone. I remember what he said to Ronaldo after he scored a hat-trick. He said everyone says you’re the best in the world and you’re playing badly, show me that you’re the best”.

Though Ronaldo netted a hat-trick, Mourinho demanded more from Ronaldo and it seemed to have paid off at the end of the 2011/2012 Season as he guided Cristiano Ronaldo to a 60-goal mark.

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Sir Alex Ferguson

The Manchester United Legendary Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has played a big role in Ronaldo’s success as a player. Sir Alex and Cristiano have a very strong relationship and the five-time Ballon d’Or winner sees him as a “Father Figure”.

However, Ferguson made Ronaldo cry once after United had just lost to Benfica in the Champions League. The 37-years-Old had a bad game that night, he tried the impossible and was selfish in most parts of the game. 

This made Sir Alex Ferguson furious and he said according to The Telegraph, “Who do you think you are playing selfishly like that? You will never be a true player if you carry on like this”.

Ronaldo’s Teammates during his spell at the club believed that it was this moment that helped formed the Portugal international. 

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Ryan Giggs

United legendary number 11 who played alongside the Portuguese during his first spell at Old Trafford contributed to the 37-years-old Profolic career.

Former Manchester United Player and Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, popularly known as Baby Face Assassin revealed an interesting story in 2016.

According to Mundo Deportivo, he said “One morning Cristiano Ronaldo came to breakfast holding a Coca-Cola in his hands and Giggs held it up against the wall and told him not to “Never do that again”.

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