Former Real Madrid player and general manager Jorge Valdano says star striker Cristiano Ronaldo is disillusioned with life under Rafa Benitez and is currently playing under protest.
The 30-year-old has featured in a more central role in the team this season, moving in from the left, where he played with so much success under Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti.
While his goalscoring figures are still impressive – eight goals in 11 La Liga games – it is slightly distorted by the fact he netted five goals in one game against Espanyol back in September. He failed to score against Sevilla at the weekend – the seventh time he has drawn a blank in the league so far this campaign.
Speaking to Cadena Ser, Valdano said Ronaldo wants to be moved back out to his favoured position and is unhappy playing under Benitez.
“Ronaldo would prefer to be playing out on the left like he’s always done. It’s hard to know if it’s because he’s not scoring, or his position, but he’s not enjoying playing at the moment. He’s playing under protest,” he commented.
Ronaldo last month became Real’s all-time leading goalscorer, overtaking previous holder Raul when he netted a brace in the Champions League against Swedish outfit Malmo.