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Cristiano, in Portugal: "I'm angry about Özil leaving"

The Madrid forward is with his national team in Óbbidos. Özil was the player he had the best understanding with: the German provided him with 27 assists.

Manu Sainz

Cristiano Ronaldo was with the Portugal squad in Óbidos - where Paulo Bento's side are preparing for their World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland - when he learnt that Mesut Özil had been sold to Arsenal.

And the forward was not best pleased about the news. He told his Portugal teammates: "Özil leaving is very bad news for me. He was the player that best understood my movement towards goal."

Cristiano cannot get his head around the fact that Madrid could let go of someone who he thinks "is a player who can decide a match on his own".

In fact, some of his Portugal teammates claimed yesterday that he appeared to be deeply affected by the news, and repeated on a number of occasions:"I'm angry about Özil leaving."

With the German international now under the orders of Arsene Wenger, Cristiano has lost his best partner on the field.

The Portuguese scored 27 goals thanks to passes from Özil in the three seasons the pair spent together at Madrid, making the German the best provider of assists Cristiano has had in his entire career.

Behind Özil is Karim Benzema, who provided him with 17 goals, and then Ryan Giggs, who helped him score on 16 occasions during his six seasons at Manchester United.

It remains to be seen who will assume this role at Real Madrid now Özil is out the door, but Cristiano was adamant the 24-year-old "was the best number 10 Madrid could hope for".

Estadísticas AS.com