Cristiano Ronaldo has a point about Real Madrid's 'level'

Real Madrid's La Liga hopes are fading fast, and Cristiano Ronaldo is unhappy. Following a 1-0 loss to rival Atletico Madrid that dropped Real Madrid 12 points behind Barcelona and four points behind second-place Atletico Madrid, Ronaldo said the problem was that all of his teammates weren't up to his level.

Because of injuries, Real Madrid was without fellow stars Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale.

“We’re missing Karim, Pepe, Marcelo, Bale and it’s difficult,” Ronaldo said. “The others who played are not as good. Any team needs its best players. I’m not saying Danilo, Jese, Lucas [Vazquez] and [Mateo] Kovacic are not good, but those who are missing are very good.”

Those remarks did not go over well at Real Madrid, where Zinedine Zidane took over as head coach this winter, and Ronaldo apologized.

“I was referring to the physical level, not level of play," he told Marca. "I am not better than any of my teammates.”

Zidane tried to put the controversy behind the club.

“Cristiano has spoken to everyone, with me and all," he said. "The matter is past. We know the importance of Cristiano and we’re all with him. What’s important is what we have ahead of us and we’ll get through it together.”

Ronaldo had a point, though. Bale just returned to full training after being out six weeks with a calf injury. Benzema went off at halftime of the Atletico game with right leg muscle injury and will be for a month.

Real Madrid appears to be paying the price for its poor physical conditioning. Madrid papers reported that when he inherited the job from Rafa Benitez, Zidane was shocked at the fitness levels of key players -- German Toni Kroos and Colombian James Rodriguez -- and that was before the injuries to Bale and Benzema.

3 comments about "Cristiano Ronaldo has a point about Real Madrid's 'level'".
  1. beautiful game, March 1, 2016 at 11:11 p.m.

    If certain players are not at peak physical shape, than the trainers are delinquent in their duties. CR7 ranted in public and that is out of line.

  2. Ric Fonseca, March 2, 2016 at 2:45 a.m.

    Wow, so el "pequeno principe" thinks and feels that his other team mates aren't "as good???" You just watch, someone, sometime soon, is going to come along, give him a good swift where the sun don't shine and then ask him it it was good enough... Vete y toma tu lechesita, nino principe mimado.

  3. Ric Fonseca, March 2, 2016 at 2:46 a.m.

    oooops. that was "...give him a good swift kick..."

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