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The Portuguese coach was whistled during his side's 4-1 win over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday following Madrid's latest Clasico disappointment on Wednesday. But he's in good company

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By Ben Hayward | Spanish Football Editor

Wins, claimed Jose Mourinho after losing to Barcelona last Wednesday, have lots of fathers. But defeats, he added, have only one.

The Real Madrid coach is enduring a turbulent time at the Santiago Bernabeu in his second season. A five-point lead in La Liga is promising enough, but the 2-1 defeat at home to Barca and the manner of that loss have left the Portuguese coach in what appears to be a precarious position as he prepares for another meeting with the Catalans on Wednesday.

Indeed, Mourinho has already been tipped by some pundits to leave the club in the summer, with those reports circling after the Portuguese had been jeered at the Bernabeu on Sunday, as Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao 4-1.

After the game, the 48-year-old remembered that Madrid's demanding fans had also booed other heroes from the club's illustrious past. And he is correct. So he has no need to feel alone.

Here, ahead of Wednesday night's return Clasico clash at Camp Nou in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, Goal.com looks at 10 Madrid and Barca legends who have been subjected to similar treatment by their own fans.

EMILIO BUTRAGUENO | REAL MADRID
A hero in the magnificent Madrid side of the mid-to-late 90s, Butragueno was the focal point in the team's attack as the capital club claimed five league titles in a row. But his influence waned as he reached his twilight years and a lack of trophies - and goals - in his final campaigns at Real saw the Spain striker become a target for the notoriously demanding Bernabeu crowd. Eventually, he was replaced in the team by an emerging Raul and ended his career with Celaya in Mexico.

SAMUEL ETO'O | BARCELONA
Eto'o signed for Barcelona in the summer of 2004 and became an instant hit for the Catalan club, helping Frank Rijkaard's side to back-to-back league titles and a Champions League success in 2006. The Cameroonian caused controversy in his time at Camp Nou as well, though, by refusing to come on a substitute in a league match against Racing Santander in 2007. He also hit out at team-mates, coaches and the board on a regular basis. His influence was seen to be damaging and he was booed by Barca fans towards the end of Rijkaard's reign, before becoming a hero again as Pep Guardiola's side won it all in 2008-09.

MICHAEL LAUDRUP | BARCELONA
Laudrup joined Barca from Juventus in 1989, having struggled to make his mark with goals in Serie A. And his first season in Spain was far from a success, either, as he managed just six goals and struggled to adapt to his new side. Barca ended the season without a trophy and the Dane was given a tough time by supporters in that first campaign, when he was whistled frequently. He then starred as the Catalans won four league titles in a row, but left to join rivals Real Madrid after falling out with coach Johan Cruyff in 1994.

RAUL | REAL MADRID
Few players enjoy legend status at Real Madrid like Raul. The Spanish striker broke into the side at the age of 17 and starred as Real racked up three Champions League titles in 1998, 2000 and 2002. He was described by many as the best in the world, but began to lose his way in 2003 and became synonymous with Madrid's meltdown in the Galactico era. In the end, the Bernabeu was divided between Raulistas and those who respected what he done, but believed he was part of the problem. Those fans eventually let themselves be heard with jeers, and Raul moved on to Schalke in 2010.

RIVALDO | BARCELONA
Rivaldo can consider himself somewhat unfortunate at playing in a Barcelona side which came between the Catalans' two best-ever teams. The brilliant Brazilian would have graced the Dream Team or the current crop under former team-mate Pep Guardiola, but turned out largely under controversial coach Louis van Gaal and his prickly relationship with the Dutchman saw tensions mount at Camp Nou. Refusal to play on the left and a perceived selfish attitude on the pitch did him no favours with the fans, who let their voices be heard despite his consistent contribution, and an undignified exit came in the summer of 2002.

CRISTIANO RONALDO | REAL MADRID
Part of the problem for Cristiano Ronaldo is the weight of expectation on his shoulders. While Barca brought Lionel Messi through their youth system for free, the Portugal forward cost Madrid €94 million in 2009. And he is the man the fans look to in the biggest games, as they urge their team to bring an end to Barca's dominance. But Ronaldo has struggled against the Catalans and was jeered after missing two good chances in December's 3-1 defeat at home to Guardiola's side.

RONALDO | REAL MADRID
Like the current Ronaldo, the Brazilian legend also had problems at Real Madrid. The striker signed from Inter in 2002 and was brilliant for three seasons, but the team's fortunes on the pitch had dwindled and O Fenomeno won just one league title at the Spanish side. Then he put on weight, appeared to lose motivation and was reported to be spending too much time in Madrid's bars and clubs. The cheers turned to jeers and Fabio Capello allowed the Brazilian to move to Milan in January 2007.

RONALDINHO | BARCELONA
Ronaldinho arrived at Camp Nou to much fanfare in the summer of 2003, after the Catalans' failed pursuit of David Beckham. But the Brazilian took a while to get going and was subjected to tepid taunts in his first season, as Frank Rijkaard's side struggled in mid-table. He then became the best in the world as Barca claimed two Primera Division titles and the Champions League, before weight gain, parties and a lack of motivation saw his influence severely restricted. And he was booed. "The jeers motivate me," he told El Pais in early 2007, but he never got back to his best and left a year later.

VICTOR VALDES | BARCELONA
Victor Valdes is Barcelona's undisputed No. 1 and has gone on to become one of the world's best goalkeepers. But things weren't always this way for the Catalan custodian, who was heavily questioned in the early days for Barca, as he competed with Arnau and Pepe Reina for a first-team place. He eventually got it, but the Camp Nou faithful were not convinced. The Catalans had not had a decent keeper for years and many fans were sure VV was another dud. The club even signed Turkish keeper Rustu Recber in 2003, but he was not needed as Rijkaard put his faith in Victor - and Valdes never looked back.

ZINEDINE ZIDANE | REAL MADRID
Often dubbed 'the fifth great' in Spain as he is grouped with the finest footballers of all time, Real Madrid legends do not come much bigger than Zinedine Zidane. But life at the Santiago Bernabeu was not always a bed of roses for the fantastic Frenchman, whose final years were blighted by a lack of pace and a diminishing level of fitness as Madrid won nothing for three seasons between 2004 and 2006. And that brought boos. Football was changing into a more physical game and the likes of Zidane may never be seen again, but the graceful Gallic left the fans with many magical memories, including a Champions League winner in 2002.

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