Speculation has been rising that all is not well between Rafa Benitez and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ever since the Spaniard was appointed as the new manager for Real Madrid, he has been trying to play down the importance of Ronaldo. Such comments have not been made in open, but Benitez has been trying to put forward players like Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez. The tactics of the team have been altered in such a way that they are no longer hugely dependent on Ronaldo. After struggling to make any real impact so far this season, Ronaldo has hit form in the last few games.
He has scored a whopping eight goals in the last four matches. This is the kind of form the world has been witnessing from Ronaldo in the last five years. This was especially more pronounced during the spell of Carlo Ancelotti. Not only was Ronaldo personally successful while playing under the Italian, he also won the Champions League title for a second time in his career. This also earned him the FIFA Ballon d’Or award. Ronaldo has now made it clear that he enjoys playing under Ancelotti and cannot wait to do it again at some point in the future.
These comments are likely to put more pressure on manager Benitez, who has won the last five matches in all competitions. “He’s like a big teddy bear, he’s really sensitive and is a great guy. He would speak with us every day, but not just with me, with all of the players. I want to work with him again. He had great fun with us. He’s a great person and my only wish is that every player gets the chance to work with him because he’s such a great guy and a fantastic coach,” said the winger.