Jose Mourinho might be one of the best managers of the game, but for all his laurels and achievements, Mourinho is also very difficult and it is not only Chelsea from where rumours of a possible rift between him and the players have been emerging but during his stint in the Spanish capital also things in the dressing room were not so merry.
We all know about his fall out with the senior players like Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos but in his new book on Ronaldo journalist Guillem Balague has revealed that a bitter relationship existed between Ronaldo and the Special One and it was so bad that the other players had to interject between them to avoid a fist fight!
The excerpts from the book was as follows:
“Mourinho, whose blood was no longer boiling by the time he reached the dressing room, reminded Cristiano of the reason for the instruction on the pitch: ‘If they get a goal against us…’
The player, unable to contain his fury, got up from the bench where he was changing and began shouting, ‘After everything I’ve done for you, this is how you treat me! How dare you say that to me?!
The dressing room turned deadly silent. Mourinho tried to remain calm. ‘I was saying it for the team because the team needed you to track back.’
As he could see Cristiano had no intention of calming down, he gradually retreated. Soon after, he approached the forward again to resume the conversation with less tension. But Ronaldo fired back angrily. Mourinho was unable to contain himself any longer
‘Just so you know,’ he shouted for everybody to hear, ‘many think like me here, but don’t dare say it, they don’t have the balls to tell you.
Many of the players who witnessed the scene had demanded that Mourinho, either directly or through the coaching staff, ask Ronaldo to defend more. The situation escalated to the point where Cristiano had to be held back (some sources say by Casillas, others say by Arbeloa and Khedira, or even Sergio Ramos) to prevent the pair from coming to blows
Ronaldo took what should have been understood as a tactical comment as a personal attack. The relationship between Mourinho and Ronaldo would never be the same again.”