Coach Tears Into Ronaldo: 'He Only Thinks About Himself'

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Cristiano Ronaldo will reportedly be called up to Roberto Martinez's first Portugal squad.
Cristiano Ronaldo will reportedly be called up to Roberto Martinez's first Portugal squad.

Al-Nassr and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo has come in for some scathing criticism from a Portuguese coach.

Former Sporting Lisbon coach Manuel Jose has not been happy with how the 38-year-old has conducted himself in recent years, which includes making the move to Saudi Arabia.

Ronaldo joined Al-Nassr on a free transfer in December after parting ways with Manchester United, but Jose feels it was all about the money.

"The coach has to have character and personality to make him [Ronaldo] realise some things: first his age, then that he's representing a country and wearing the shirt of a country and the value it has, and then he has to give examples of humility," Jose told Portuguese outlet Record.

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"It's impressive, but Cristiano has forgotten his origins. He doesn't know how to finish his career. It's money and more money.

"'Fresh air' would be if they took Ronaldo out of the national team. He behaved badly with [previous Portugal boss] Fernando Santos, with his colleagues and with the Portuguese.

"He has a dollar sign in each eye, and Bruno Fernandes just told the truth and put him in his place.

"Ronaldo will go down in history as the greatest or one of the greatest scorers in world football. No one takes that away from you.

"Now, he has an ego the size of the world and he only thinks about himself.

"On the field, it's him, then him and then him again. He only thinks about himself and no one else.

"He still hasn't been able to understand how old he is, that he is playing in a peripheral league and that he is no longer the Ronaldo of old times."

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