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Thu Apr 24 10:26:00 SAST 2014

Ronaldo back in Madrid to treat his 'sadness'

Alberto Bravo, Sapa-dpa | 13 September, 2012 08:140 Comments
Real Madrid v Barcelona - Supercopa
Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid reacts during the Supercopa second leg match against Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on August 29, 2012 in Madrid, Spain
Image by: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno / Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo caused a major storm when he said he was “sad” as a player at Real Madrid, especially when he promptly left for national team duty with Portugal.

Real Madrid returned to work on Wednesday, with the task of finding a cure for the unease of their biggest star.

Club sources said that the winger met with club president Florentino Perez September 1 to tell him he was not comfortable at Real Madrid. A day later, he scored two goals against Granada in La Liga, but did not celebrate either.

“I do not celebrate my goals when I am sad. I am sad due to a professional issue that the club knows about. That is why I was not celebrating,” he said afterwards.

“I am not happy, the people here know why. I am not going to talk more about this, there are more important things.” 

Real Madrid officials complained that Ronaldo’s outburst, complete with an explicit wish to leave the club, was “whimsical and ill-timed.” 

Since then, with Portugal, Ronaldo played two matches, scored one goal ... and celebrated it.

His “sadness” caused great debate. What could possibly be the matter with a successful, millionaire, handsome young footballer for him to be sad?  Discussion has focused on two things: money and love.

The Spanish sports daily Marca said Ronaldo wanted to earn more, as a token of the club’s appreciation of his services. Marca reported that Real Madrid plan to offer the winger 15 million euros (close to 19.2 million dollars) a year, 5 million euros more than he currently earns.

However, Ronaldo had already said earlier that his feelings had nothing to do with money, although he provided no more details.

Other Spanish media have stressed that Ronaldo just wants to have more spiritual support from Real Madrid — a sort of public defence of his talent as a footballer, of the kind that Barcelona give their superstar Lionel Messi.

Now that the winger is back in Madrid, speculation is bound to continue, at least for as long as he does not give more explicit details of his current state of mind.

Coach Jose Mourinho has so far declined to speak about his compatriot’s problems, but his position as Real Madrid’s almighty manager means he is directly involved in any search for a solution.

Ronaldo is to encounter Real Madrid’s fans on Tuesday, in the Champions League match against Manchester City at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. By then, Spanish media speculate, his “sadness” should be gone.

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