Despite his haul of 28 La Liga goals, there have been some segments of the Madrid fanbase that have jeered the club’s all-time top scorer this term.
Speaking to Cadena Cope (h/t David Manuca of Goal), the Brazilian, who played alongside Ronaldo between 2009 and 2013, has advised supporters to show more respect to the 31-year-old:
Cristiano is a great player, I am not just talking about his quality, but in terms of what he has contributed to Madrid.
I would like to see the fans have more respect for Cristiano for what he has done for this club. Sometimes I hear whistles against Cristiano and it's not good after all he has done.
In terms of his work on the field, Ronaldo has been sensational for Real Madrid on a consistent basis. These numbers from Squawka Football illustrate just how long the Portuguese has been at the top for since he joined the club:
This season hasn’t been his best when compared to some others in the past, but the standards set in front of goal have still been immaculate.
Despite this bubbling unrest, Kaka, who now plays for Orlando City in Major League Soccer, feels as though the forward should stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“I recommend that he stays in Madrid,” said the 33-year-old. “The proportion that things happen there is very big, on both sides. If things do go well the proportion is big, but if they don't then it's also still big. Much of what has happened with Cristiano and the name he has today is because he played at Real Madrid.”
Ronaldo has been linked with a move away from Real Madrid this term, with Il Corriere dello Sport (h/t Sport) suggesting Paris Saint-Germain will seek to bring him to the French capital at the end of the campaign. It’s also noted by the same source that teams from the United States and China are also interested in the player.
Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague thinks that if Ronaldo was to depart, Madrid would have to replace the best natural goalscorer in the history of the game:
Real would certainly miss him, as would the supporters. While Ronaldo is no longer a player who makes surging runs forward or dazzles defenders with a box of tricks, he guarantees a lot of goals.
Even for a team of Los Blancos’ clout, that’s a void that would be extremely difficult to fill. With that in mind, perhaps Madridistas should take on the advice of their former playmaker and enjoy their star forward while they still can.