Cristiano Ronaldo has taken to Facebook in an effort to confront a story that claims he habitually refers to Lionel Messi by a derogatory name.
The story comes from Guillem Balague‘s new book, “Messi”, and Ronaldo is threatening to sue the author over claims he calls Messi a profane term covered up in American TV movies by phrases like “mellon farmer” and “Mister Falcon”.
According to The Daily Mail, Balague writes that Real players ‘have a long list of jokes that include Messi as Ronaldo’s dog or puppet’.
Neither is particularly offensive given the locker room culture in the world of sports, but Ronaldo is still very unhappy with the claims. He deems them quite false.
Balague didn’t seem too worried by the threat, posting a photo of the passage from his book on his Twitter account. He’s a respected writer and Ronaldo would have a lot of trouble proving it’s an incorrect story.
Messi comes out on March 4, and Balague has also written books on Pep Guardiola and Rafa Benitez. The reporter also broke the news of Ronaldo’s pre-agreement with Real Madrid, so he clearly has some sources.