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.
"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."
Corrigan shared Ronaldo's comments in the wake of Real's La Liga derby defeat to Atletico:
Ronaldo in mixed zone "If we were all at my level, maybe we would be leaders." [via @AranchaMOBILE ]— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) February 27, 2016
More from Ronaldo "I don’t want to say that Jese, Lucas [Vazquez] or [Mateo] Kovacic are not good players, they are very good, but…”— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) February 27, 2016
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:
It's natural the team won't be as strong without Bale, Benzema and the like but that doesn't excuse his poor performances.— Andrew Gaffney (@GaffneyVLC) February 28, 2016
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.
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.
Will Zidane sell Ronaldo in the summer after his comments?
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.