The best line anyone has ever said about Real Madrid supporters is this one: “They’re spoiled 17 year old’s whose father bought them a Porsche for their birthday instead of a Ferrari.” That was never more true than yesterday, when they booed Cristiano Ronaldo during their 2-0 win over Roma in the Champions League Round of 16.
Ronaldo scored the opener, his 40th goal of the season, but the fans booed anyway. The jeers probably stem from a quote in which it seemed the Portuguese superstar was criticizing his teammates from back in February. Cristiano said he was misquoted, but the fans at the Bernabeu don’t seem to think so. Real struggled to look cohesive against Roma despite winning the tie 4-0, though much of that has to do with some incredibly poor finishing from the Giallorossi.
In a quote from Marca (via Pro Soccer Talk), Real’s captain Sergio Ramos isn’t too pleased with the jeers for his teammate.
“I respect the fans but when things don’t go well they should support their players,” Ramos said. “I would tell the fans to think a little first. We all want the best for Real Madrid.”
Coach Zinedine Zidane also believes the boos will motivate Ronaldo, but that’s probably too little too late – Real are 12 points off the La Liga title pace set by their bitter rivals from Barcelona.
The rumors linking Ronaldo with a move away from the Spanish capital continue to grow louder and louder with each passing boo. And if it continues, Real fans will for once get what they deserve.