Cristiano Ronaldo Comments on Team-Mates' Performance in Loss to Atletico Madrid

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistFebruary 27, 2016

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo gestures during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday Feb. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Oscar del Pozo)
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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was not satisfied after a 1-0 loss in the derby against Atletico Madrid on Saturday, taking a shot at the media and pointing at some of his team-mates.

Arancha Rodriguez of Deportes Cope caught some of his post-match comments to journalists, with ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan providing a translation. One shot in particular stood out (Warning: strong language):

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Ronaldo in mixed zone "If we were all at my level, maybe we would be leaders." [via @AranchaMOBILE ]

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Ronaldo "For all you guys [reporters] it seems I am shit, if I listen to what the press say. The statistics are there."

While at first it looked as if Ronaldo was throwing his team-mates under the bus, he said he was pointing at the wealth of injuries the club has been forced to deal with this season. Against Atletico, Karim Benzema had to be substituted at half-time, and with Gareth Bale also sidelined, Ronaldo was the only member of the team's vaunted attacking trio who remained.

Ronaldo clarified his comments and told Marca, "I'm no better than any of my team-mates," via Sid Lowe of the Guardian.

Ronaldo pointed at the difference in quality between the regular starters and the guys forced to replace them on Saturday:

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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…”

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Ronaldo in mixed zone "I like to play with Karim, with Bale, with Marcelo. But I'm not saying the others are not good players."

He then made a comparison to Barcelona, where Lionel Messi and Neymar have been sidelined at some point in the 2015-16 campaign—but not nearly as often as Bale and Benzema:

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Ronaldo: "If you had Neymar, Suárez and Messi almost always injured, Barca wouldnt be where they were. Maybe, but I don't believe so."

Antoine Griezmann's goal early in the second half was enough to hand Atletico the win over their local rivals, which put a four-point gap between the two teams in the standings.

If Barcelona beat Sevilla on Sunday, they'll lead Los Blancos by a whopping 12 points, and barring a minor miracle, Real won't win the 2015-16 La Liga title.

It would mark yet another disappointing campaign in Spain for Ronaldo, who has won just one domestic title with the club.

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