World Cup 2010: Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho defends Cristiano Ronaldo after Portugal crash out

'The Special One' believes countryman will flourish in his side...
Newly appointed Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has defended countryman Cristiano Ronaldo after Portugal’s disappointing World Cup exit.

After a hugely impressive debut season in La Liga following his £80 million move from Manchester United, the Portuguese captain failed to shine in South Africa, scoring once in four games, with his side losing 1-0 to Spain in the last 16.

Ronaldo cut a forlorn figure for much of the match against the European champions as his team-mates failed to find his forward runs time and time again.

But Mourinho believes that Ronaldo will be back to his best under his management at Madrid next season, with less pressure being placed upon his individual performances.

"I will not allow all the responsibilities of the team to fall on Ronaldo," Mourinho was quoted as saying in Marca.

"In my teams, when we win, we all win, and when we lose, I lose - so Ronaldo can relax and enjoy his holidays."

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