According to radio program, El Larguero, there are problems between Real Madrid teammates, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Iker Casillas. El Larguero believes that it all started when Casillas' girlfriend, Sara Carbonero called Ronaldo "egoistic" and "individualistic" back in September.
Apparently, Ronaldo was upset, and sent a text message to Iker expressing his disgust at the whole situation, and Iker replied, "Sara’s a journalist and is free to say whatever she wants."
Their relationship has deteriorated since then. However, a few days after that incident, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, along with Jorge Valdano and Miguel Pardeza, took the both of them into an office and replayed the video to explain to Cristiano that Sara had been misunderstood but CR wasn't convinced. Since then, they've not been seeing eye to eye.
Well That's Just Rubbish
Okay, let's just assume that Sara's comments caused some friction between the two heavy weights. We are not talking about 5-year-olds here. These two players are grown men and professionals, for crying out loud.
There is no way we would expect the atmosphere in the Madrid dressing room to be jolly and fluffy all the way. Most of the players on the team come from different back grounds and have different mind sets, so there will always be conflicts. What really matters is how the conflicts are handled.
The notion that a little misunderstanding that occurred as far back as September still hunts the minds of these players is just silly. In fact, Just a few days after Sara's comments, Iker Casillas openly defended his teammate. He called Ronaldo a fantastic person and a great teammate.
Before the Spain vs Portugal friendly, the two captains had an interview with Spanish State Television. They both looked comfortable, and even if they still had grudges before that interview, the flattering words they had for each other during the question and answer jamboree must have settled their problems. On the day of the match, they both read supportive words together and they looked comfortable too.
As usual, the press has decided to blow something as minute as this completely out of proportion. There are even some speculations that the radio show in question, has been losing listeners, and will do anything to gain more audience. What better way to do that than to pick up silly topics and make them look even slightly important?
That Said, Let Us Be a Little Judgemental, Just for Fun
Assuming these things really happened, and that Ronaldo and Iker Casillas are still holding a grudge against each other, who is wrong and who is right?
The answer is they are both wrong. I feel Ronaldo is wrong because he probably took what Sara said too seriously, and should have ignored her. He obviously has a giant ego and would not let some of these things slide. Not good.
However, the verdict in this case will go against Casillas. His reply to Ronaldo was stupid if you ask me. Ronaldo did the right thing by approaching Iker to relay his sentiments, instead of keeping his anger inside, or going all out to attack Sara himself.
As a good teammate and captain, Casillas should have handled the situation much better than dismissing Ronaldo with the his girlfriend's profession. Yes, she's a reporter, but Ronaldo is a teammate. Here's what I would have expected Casillas to say:
"Calm down man, I know how you feel, but you gotta know she's a reporter. No worries though, I'll talk to her," (in Spanish. Iker's English is not very strong). And mind you, Casillas doesn't even have to talk to Sara after that.
Something of that nature would have been easier for CR to swallow, and if it still wasn't enough for the Portuguese, then that would have been his problem. However, feel free to disagree with me.
If these reports are true, then the two of then didn't handle the whole situation well, and it's definitely time for Mourinho to step in.
However, I stand by my initial claim; these reports are not true.