Gary Lineker has described Cristiano Ronaldo's reaction to Gareth Bale's first of his double for Real Madrid against Levante last night as "extraordinarily stroppy and "bizarre and unhealthy" for the team.
Instead of going to celebrate with the Welshman, Ronaldo appeared more interested in the fact this his bicycle kick in the build-up to the goal did not go in.
It was Bale's first goal in 10 matches for the Spaniards. He then wheeled away in celebration and even kicked the corner flag in relief as his barren spell ended.
Lineker, who between 1986 and 1989 played for Barcelona, Real opponents in Sunday's El Clasico, wrote on Twitter.
Ronaldo's extraordinarily stroppy reaction to Bale scoring from a rebound from his effort was bizarre and unhealthy.Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 15, 2015
The £86m Bale scored his second in the 40th minute, this time deflecting in a Ronaldo shot.
Ronaldo has been defended by team-mate Sergio Ramos. "It is difficult to be Cristiano and he has been performing at a very high level for a number of years," the defender told the official Madrid website.
WATCH: RONALDO'S REACTION TO BALE GOAL
"He knows himself better than anyone, he has a very competitive character and we are not worried if he didn't score if Bale subsequently did."Reuse content