Ronaldo, the 40-goal striker who's whistled by his own fans
Saturday 14 January 2012
Well placed to win his first Spanish league title and with 21 goals to his name leaving him on course to break last season's 40-goal haul, Cristiano Ronaldo should have plenty to smile about. He has even got the supporters singing his name...it's just a shame they're not Real Madrid supporters.
While Manchester United fans continue to pay homage with bursts of "Viva Ronaldo" at Old Trafford, the closest thing the Portuguese international gets to a reaction at the Bernabeu are whistles from a noisy minority.
"They are a very demanding crowd," said Iker Casillas this week and various former Real players have lined up to reel off the names of previous victims.
The common theme among targets from the past is a perceived arrogance – Michel, Guti, the Brazilian striker Ronaldo have all tasted the same medicine.
The current Ronaldo, for all his posturing, can't win, it seems. In last week's 5-1 win over Granada he was criticised for not celebrating when he scored the fifth goal. So he's damned if he preens and damned if he doesn't, although Jose Mourinho leapt to his defence.
The Real Madrid manager said: "There are leading players in other teams who couldn't score in five years the number of goals Ronaldo scores in one."
The Barcelona press have jumped on possible unrest, claiming Real are looking to bring in a therapist to help him overcome his "anxiety" in front of goal – some anxiety that's seen him rewrite the record books in his three years at the club.
They also mischievously suggest he might be looking for a way out, claiming he was unhappy at Mourinho mentioning his two glaring misses after the recent defeat to Barcelona. A move is not on the agenda – but he must miss his old United supporters.
Latest in Sport
Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Gabriel Paulista sent to Paris to speed up move; Luis Suarez bid planned; Gunners eye Daniele Rugani
Gabriel Paulista: Talented Brazilian could grow into world-class defender at Arsenal
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Pair finally meet at NBA game and shake hands, will the fight be announced during Super Bowl?
Andy Murray vs Tomas Berydch: Murray cool over reunion with coach Dani Vallverdu at the Australian Open
Manchester United transfer news and rumours: David De Gea new deal; Gareth Bale on speculation; Wilfried Zaha exit
- 2 Mystery man who gave mum heart-warming note on train 'wanted to put a smile on her face'
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent answer to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
Louise Mensch says 'F**K YOU' in explosive tweets about David Cameron, Saudi Embassy and the Queen over King Abdullah tributes