Cristiano Ronaldo was livid when Rafa Benítez, during today’s training session, ruled out one of his goals in a mini match. The Portuguese striker, spotted by Spanish TV channel Cuatro’s cameras, lashed out at Rafa shouting “Vai caralho!”, a less than complimentary Portuguese way of saying he wasn’t in agreement. He continued to complain about the decision to Arbeloa and was seen snapping: “He gives everything against the Portuguese”. He then repeated the phrase. Benítez for his part didn’t seem bothered, and was seen smiling.
Cristiano’s annoyance with his new coach continued when Benítez had the players play a game where they had to try and hit the cross bar. Cristiano, on the touchline, reacted furiously: “It’s meant to be the ball in there, in the net. Not this shite”.
The Benítez – Cristiano relationship has been under the spotlight since the coach, in the press conference before the match against Roma, said: “Cristiano? Picking the best in the world is tough”.