Manuel Jose, former sporting Lisbon manager has criticised Cristiano Ronaldo for treating his teammates like ‘subordinates’.
The 29-year-old was in blistering form for his club throughout the 2013/14 season – earning him the prestigious Ballon D’Or
However, his country’s stay in South America was short lived following a humiliating 4-0 defeat at the hands of Germany in their opening game, which would eventually prove the difference after a draw with the USA and win versus Ghana saw them eliminated on goal difference.
Ronaldo had earlier made comments suggesting he never believed he and his teammates could win the competition, which has irritated Manuel Jose
“Portugal have been carrying the world’s best like a diamond ring that they never had. The other players were treated like subordinates”
“He is fantastic player, but every time he speaks he comes out with a blunder. He ended up saying he never believed in the team”
“If he does not believe in the team, he does not believe in his team mates.”
Throughout his stay in Brazil, Ronaldo’s fitness was a constant cause for concern. He was suffering with tendinosis in his right knee and thus, failed to produce his club form on the world stage.
Cristiano Ronaldo must now sit and watch on, more than likely hoping his long-standing rival Lionel Messi does not fire Argentina to World Cup glory.