Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was reportedly not overly amused when he was confronted by club president Florentino Perez ahead of Los Blancos' 1-0 Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.
The Portuguese superstar received a playful slap on the cheek from Perez, who questioned him over recent comments made in German magazine Kicker as he met the Real team at the Bernabeu.
In the interview, Ronaldo refused to rule out a potential departure from Real, per Kicker (via Spanish outlet Marca). However, when questioned by Perez over the comments, he responded angrily, per MailOnline's Pete Jenson: "What did I say? I never said that. I said it differently."
The full exchange between Perez and Ronaldo can be seen below:
Reports of Ronaldo's potentially imminent departure from Real have been widespread for some time now.
He is regularly linked with a return to former club Manchester United, while Ligue 1 giants PSG are also often cited as potential suitors, per Marc Williams in the Daily Star.
After Tuesday's tight encounter in Madrid, PSG president Nasser El-Khelaifi commented on the French club's rumoured interest in Ronaldo, per Jenson: "Ronaldo has a contract with Real and we respect that. Negotiations would be in secret but nothing for now."
The forward was also seen exchanging private words with PSG boss Laurent Blanc after the match, with #66 Sports speculating wildly as to what may have been said:
Ronaldo will be 31 in February, but he is still Real's most important player. And they will be desperate to keep him at the club at least until his current contract expires in 2018.
He was not at his best against PSG—Nacho netted the only goal as Real secured their spot in the last 16 of the Champions League—but he has continued his immense goalscoring form this season, netting eight already in La Liga, per WhoScored.com.
Ronaldo would still demand an astronomical transfer fee, but the likes of United and PSG would likely be willing to spend big if he is keen to move on from the Bernabeu.