Jose Mourinho: 'The problem with Cristiano Ronaldo is he thinks he knows everything'

The Chelsea manager takes a parting swipe at his former player

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Jose Mourinho has taken a parting swipe at Real Madrid's star player Cristiano Ronaldo.

It was reported that the relationship between the pair broke down during the end of Mourinho's tenure at the Bernabeu, with the new Chelsea manager hinting that the world's most expensive player had ruled himself out of Real's last game of the season.

In an interview with a Spanish television show, Mourinho revealed the reason behind the falling out with his compatriot.

"I had only one problem with him, very simple, very basic, which was when a coach criticises a player from a tactical viewpoint trying to improve what in my view could have been improved," he told Punto Pelota.

"And at that moment he didn't take it very well because maybe he thinks he knows everything and the coach cannot help him to develop more."

Mourinho went on to praise Ronaldo's form during the three seasons they worked together, a time that yielded one La Liga title, the Copa del Rey and an incredible 120 league goals in three seasons from the former Manchester United player. Yet Mourinho gave himself credit for setting up the team to suit the former World Player of the Year.

"Cristiano has had three fantastic seasons with me, I don't know if they were the best of his career because he had some fantastic moments with Manchester United.

"I think we created a fantastic situation for him tactically in which he could express all his potential and turn that into records and goals."

There has been speculation that Ronaldo could leave Real Madrid this summer, with a return to Manchester United mooted. However, Real are in no mood to let their star asset leave with club president Florentino Perez stating the 28-year-old would stay and help Real win a 10th European title.

"We will do it (win the 10th European title)," he said yesterday. "And Cristiano will score a goal in the final."