Is he the most arrogant man in sport?
Cristiano Ronaldo has unloaded on his Real Madrid teammates after their 1-0 loss to bitter rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
Without a host of star players, including Marcelo, Pepe and Gareth Bale – and with Karim Benzema forced off with a hip injury at half-time – Ronaldo was irate at having to carry his less-heralded teammates.
“If we were all at my level maybe we would be leaders,” he told reporters after the game.
“I don’t want to disrespect anyone, but when the best players aren’t available it’s harder to win.
“I like to play with Karim, with Bale, with Marcelo.
“I’m not saying the others like Lucas (Vazquez), Jese and (Mateo) Kovacic are not good players – they are very good players – but it’s not the same.
“I don’t know if it was poor preparation in the first half of the season but we’re having a lot of injuries and that hurts us.”
The outburst came just 10 days after Ronaldo stormed out of a press conference before Real Madrid’s Champions League clash with Roma.
A reporter asked why Ronaldo had been struggling to score away from home, after a lean spell that had seen him unable to net away from the Bernabeu since November 29.
“Who else has scored more goals away from home than me since I arrived in Spain?” said Ronaldo.
“Name one player who has scored more than me?
“No answer? OK. Thank you everyone,” he said, before walking out.
A day later he broke his drought, scoring in the Italian capital to give Real a 2-0 first-leg win.
Real Madrid are third in Spain’s La Liga competition, nine points behind leaders Barcelona, who have a game in hand.