This is actually happening.
Man, those Real Madrid fans have ridiculously high standards.
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During their 2-0 UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg win over AS Roma on Tuesday, Cristiano Ronaldo was booed by the home fans despite scoring the opener which took his tally to 40 goals in all competitions this season.
That’s right. 40. Sure, he missed a few chances on Tuesday, but the core of this unrest towards Ronaldo comes from quotes where he appeared to criticize his Real teammates back in February.
The Portuguese national team captain, 31, claims he was misquoted but given the fact that his current deal at Real runs out in June 2018, could we see these latest actions from the Real fans push him towards the exit door at the Santiago Bernabeu?
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The three-time World Player of the Year has been heavily criticized by some of Real’s supporters over the past months as Los Blancos sit 12 points off bitter rivals Barcelona who lead the La Liga standings.
Real’s captain Sergio Ramos wasn’t happy to hear his teammate booed by how own fans, with the defender saying the following to Spanish newspaper Marca.
“I respect the fans but when things don’t go well they should support their players,” Ramos said. “I would tell the fans to think a little first. We all want the best for Real Madrid.”
Well said, Sergio. Manager Zinedine Zidane also claimed the jeering will motivate Ronaldo.
Those Real fans who booed Ronaldo, a man who has scored 353 goals in 336 games over six-and-half-seasons, should take a look in the mirror.
Sure, they demand the best but with legendary figures Iker Casillas and even Zidane getting similar treatment in the past, is this any surprise?
The cauldron that is the Santiago Bernabeu takes no prisoners, but if this continues it will no longer be home to Ronaldo. Be careful what you wish for, Real fans.