Madrid sports newspapers put their focus today on the controversy caused by FIFA president Joseph Blatter, who claimed he likes Leo Messi more than Cristiano Ronaldo because the Portuguese “is like a commander on the field of play” and “he has more expenses for the hairdresser” than the Argentinian.
“Golden slip,” titles Marca in a reference to the Ballon d’Or that FIFA is about to award -obviously to Leo Messi one more time, given the president’s statement. “World scandal for Blatters mockery on Ronaldo,” they highlight in a secondary headline.
Marca points out that Blatter rectified and publicly apologised for his words. The Madrid daily reports the clubs reaction: “We are disappointed and we want to show our repulsion.” They also highlight the declarations of Paulo Futre, Portugal national team’s manager, who said “Blatter hates Ronaldo.”
The other main Madrid sports paper, As, puts its focus on CR7’s reaction. “Cristiano breaks out against Blatter,” they title, reporting Real Madrid’s forward told the press: “This is the respect that FIFA has for me, for my club and for my country.”
On a small note, both newspapers remind that Real faces Sevilla today in La Liga, one reminding Gareth Bale will be a starter and the other highlighting that Xabi Alonso could play a few minutes.