Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that he can become frustrated with Real Madrid’s supporters, saying that they sometimes annoy him.
The Portuguese picked up a fifth Ballon d’Or on Thursday but has struggled for form in La Liga this season, scoring only two goals, and has been jeered by the Bernabeu side’s fans as a result.
And the 32-year-old has admitted this type of reaction really gets to him.
When asked by France Football what annoys him, he replied: “To not feel supported by the club or by the supporters. Guys with memories that are too short.
“The other day, at the airport, there was a guy five metres from us filming us with his phone. I was with Dani Carvajal and Sergio Ramos. He had a go at us: ‘Hey, you have to wake up, you were s*** there.’
“I told him: ‘It was only three months ago that we won the European Super Cup and the Spanish Supercopa.’
“I’ve got a problem with that. This type of amnesia, it really bothers me.
“Football comes in cycles. When you’re not so good, these guys have to help us, the fans and the club.
“We’ve won four Champions League in four years, like it was easy to do something like that. Real Madrid had gone 12 years before they won la Decima.
“Sometimes things just go less well. The post keeps the ball out, the goalkeeper pushes away a shot. I just ask that these guys give us their confidence.”
Madrid currently find themselves in a sticky patch in La Liga, fourth in the table, eight points behind leaders Barcelona ahead of a weekend match with Sevilla, who are level on points with Zinedine Zidane’s men but behind them on goal difference.