Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Madrid Demand Blatter Apologies toRonaldo
sent a letter to Sepp Blatter demanding that
he apologises to Cristiano Ronaldo over
comments he made regarding the forward in a
The FIFA president, 77, discussed the merits
of Ronaldo and Lionel Messi during a debate
at the Oxford Union in which he suggested the
Portuguese cared more about his image than
his efforts on the pitch.
He said: "Leo's a good lad. Every father or
mother would like to have at home. He's a
good man, very fast and he's not exuberant.
He's a kind man, he's a really good boy.
"The other [in reference to Ronaldo], is a
commander on the field of play."
Blatter then proceeded to march across stage
mimicking the movements of a military
parade in a bid to make fun of Ronaldo
before concluding with another jibe at the
"One spends more at the hairdresser's than
the other, but I can't say who is better. I like
them both, but I prefer Messi."
Ancelotti addressed the media ahead of his
side's clash with Sevilla tomorrow and
revealed his disappointment at the comments,
while praising Ronaldo's continued
He said: "I know that our President has sent a
letter to FIFA
"This is a lack of respect towards a player who
is very serious and very professional. I agree
with the president.
"I have not spoken with Cristiano about it. He
trained very well, as usual I think that it
demonstrates that in every game, he is a great
"He is serious, professional and respects
everyone. He has to continue like this and
The news comes after both Messi and Ronaldo
were named on a 23-man shortlist for this
year's Ballon d'Or yesterday.