Update 9.15 p.m: Ronaldo has since come out and denied these allegations
Guillem Balague has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo uses an intriguing comparison to describe his relationship with longtime rival Lionel Messi.
In an extract from 'MESSI' published in Tuesday's Telegraph, Balague states that although tensions between the pair are kept to a minimum, there is certainly ill-feeling from Ronaldo's side at least. Publicly the Real Madrid man is civil about his long time rival, however, when he is with his own teammates, Ronaldo is much more upfront with his feelings about the Argentinian.
Ronaldo, perhaps as a symptom of the immaturity that marks so many footballers, thinks it necessary to put on a brave face in front of his team-mates, not be scared of Messi and to rise to the challenge. All very macho; all very false.
And that is why, according to some Real Madrid players, CR7 has a nickname for him: ‘motherfucker’; and if he sees someone from the club speaking to Leo, he also ends up being baptised ‘motherfucker’.
Balague then goes on to say that Ronaldo regularly compares their relationship to that of Ireland and the United Kingdom, before stating that the Madrid players are fond of making jokes which suggest Messi is equatable to Ronaldo's plaything. Whether these two comparisons are linked or not, we'll let you decide.
Ronaldo usually compares their relationship with that between the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom. And the Madrid players, with their less than subtle dressing-room sense of humour, have a long list of jokes that include Messi as Ronaldo’s dog or puppet, or kept in a designer handbag belonging to the Portuguese player. And much worse.