The defeat at Real Mallorca has
intensified a simmering feud between Real Madrid stars Raul and Ronaldo with the
Brazilian hitting back at earlier criticism from the Spanish international.
Raul had accused his teammate of damping some of the 'magic' of the Champions
League after saying on the eve of last week's home defeat by Arsenal that he had
"never really felt at home at the Bernabeu" and that fans "don't show any
patience to me."
But the criticism irked the three-time world player of the year and after the
loss to Mallorca all but ended Real's hopes of overhauling runaway league
leaders Barcelona Ronaldo hit back at his fellow 'galactico.'
"Everyone says what he wants and talks about what he wants. Raul is responsible
for his own words and I am for mine, but it's sure that his words have only made
the situation worse," Ronaldo told Cadena Cope radio following Sunday's loss.
Raul has been an idol at the Bernabeu for over a decade and has won three
Ronaldo, in contrast, has in his three seasons failed to land the continental
game's top honour and the media have been awash with speculation he will head
back to Italy in the summer, either to former club Inter Milan or city rivals AC
Real defender Sergio Ramos, who scored a consolation goal in Mallorca, also
commented on the apparent lack of unity in the squad.
"After my goal, I had the impression it was Mallorca who had scored," he said.
"Unity makes you strong and that's a factor which counts for a lot. It would be
different if relations between players were warmer," he added pointedly.
With 13 games to go in La Liga, Real are ten points adrift of Barca and if they
exit the Champions League at Highbury next week they will end a third straight