Mourinho (L) passing instructions to Ronaldo
Jose Mourinho is heading back to Chelsea for his second tenure at
Stamford Bridge, but he didn't leave Real Madrid without taking some
parting shots at star forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
According to The Guardian, Mourinho believes that Ronaldo is a
"know-it-all" who didn't react well to his criticisms.
Mourinho went on to say that Ronaldo was not particularly good at
taking tactical instruction and that the Portuguese star didn't think
Mourinho could develop him any further, according to The Guardian.
“I had only one problem with him, very simple, very basic, which was
when a coach criticizes a player from a tactical viewpoint trying to
improve what in my view could have been improved. And at that moment
he didn't take it very well because maybe he thinks he knows
everything and the coach cannot help him to develop more.”
There is no question that Ronaldo had a great deal of success under
Mourinho, as he scored 168 goals in three seasons with him at the
helm. While Ronaldo's skill set undoubtedly had a lot to do with that,
Mourinho gave some credit to his system as well, according to The
“Cristiano has had three fantastic seasons with me. I don't know if
they were the best of his career because he had some fantastic moments
with Manchester United. I think we created a fantastic situation for
him tactically in which he could express all his potential and turn
that into records and goals.”
Ronaldo said last year that he was unhappy at Real Madrid, and while
his feelings have never truly been explained, perhaps a difference in
opinion with Mourinho had something to do with it.
Now that Mourinho is out of the fold, it will be interesting to see if
Ronaldo decides to re-sign with Los Blancos. His contract doesn't
expire until 2015, but there has been plenty of buzz surrounding a
potential transfer in the near future.
One thing that Mourinho's comments have made clear is that he likely
won't beg Chelsea officials to bring Ronaldo to Stamford Bridge. There
was some talk that Mourinho and Ronald might rejoin forces at Chelsea,
but it's hard to imagine Mourinho pushing for that after expressing
his opinions regarding his tenure as Ronaldo's coach.