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Cristiano Ronaldo's Criticism of Real Madrid Squad Questioned by Fabio Capello

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 27:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid walks away from celebrating Atletico Madrid players after Atletico beat Real 1-0 in the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 27, 2016 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistMarch 4, 2016

Former Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello has criticised Cristiano Ronaldo's disparaging comments about his team-mates after Los Blancos were defeated by bitter rivals Atletico Madrid in La Liga. 

Capello said the Portuguese icon "maybe should have examined his conscience," after missing two great chances to level the game in the 1-0 loss.

David F Sanchidrian of AS (h/t Dermot Corrigan of ESPN FC) quoted the Italian speaking to Fox Deportes.

"Maybe we can agree with Cristiano and say that some players are not Real Madrid quality," Capello said. "At the same time, Cristiano missed two key chances against Atletico Madrid, so before talking maybe he should have examined his conscience."

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 27: Goalkeeper Jan Oblak (L) of Atletico de Madrid stops the ball striked by Cristiano Ronaldo (R) of Real Madrid CF during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Febru
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Corrigan shared Ronaldo's comments in the wake of Real's La Liga derby defeat to Atletico:

Yahoo's Andrew Gaffney pulled no punches after Ronaldo delivered his thoughts, and, like Capello, suggested the former Manchester United superstar should concentrate on his own game:

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 27:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF reacts as he fail to score during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 27, 2016 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo
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According to Spanish outlet El Confidencial (h/t Goal's Tom Maston), Ronaldo is preparing for the exit door at the Santiago Bernabeu after his post-match comments.  

James Dixon of the Manchester Evening News reported former club United will be in the hunt for a big transfer addition in the summer. Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is said to be "still on the lookout for a marquee signing to bring to the club," with Ronaldo fitting the bill for the Red Devils.

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 27:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid leaves the field after Real lost 1-0 to Atletico Madrid in the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 27, 2016 in Madrid, Spa
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Ronaldo's public thoughts on his team-mates were strangely timed, and new coach Zinedine Zidane will not tolerate a disruptive figure in the dressing room.

Real are struggling to match their Galactico status, now trailing Barcelona by 12 points after 27 matches, with their title aspirations in tatters. 

Los Blancos need a strong run in the UEFA Champions League to stop the campaign becoming a total failure, and they require Ronaldo to be at his best if they desire European glory. 

The attacker has delivered 12 goals and three assists in seven Champions League matches this term, according to WhoScored.com, and for now, Zidane cannot do without his alpha male player. 

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