Ronaldo slammed Benitez’s training methods during Real’s pre-season tour of Australia after the Spaniard ordered his squad toplay the crossbar challenge, with the Portuguese forward seen on Spanish TV murmuring that the idea is to get the ball in the net, “not this s***”.
Ronaldo also fumed at decisions that went against him and his Portuguese team-mates when Benitez was refereeing a training game, and the early dispute between the pair has triggered suggestions that the 30-year-old could be on his way back to Old Trafford.
Real would be foolish to sell their best player
When you’re attempting to overhaul old rivals Barcelona in both the La Liga and Champions League, the last thing you go and do is sell your best player – not just of the current Real squad but in the club’s history. Ronaldo’s strike rate of 313 goals in exactly 300 appearances is unrivalled in Madrid, and with Real having to play second fiddle to Barcelona over the years, club president Florentino Perez may not make it out of the Bernabeu alive if he were to give the green light for Ronaldo to leave.