Raphael Varane: Cristiano Ronaldo hates losing

Raphael Varane: Cristiano Ronaldo hates losing


Raphael Varane says Real Madrid team mate Cristiano Ronaldo hates to lose – even in training matches.

Speaking to Canal Plus about the Portugal international, Varane said the 29-year-old is always available to offer his advice and guidance to younger teammates at the club, but that they sometimes tease him over how badly he takes defeat.

The forward, who has scored 45 goals for his side this season, famously broke down in tears when Portugal lost the 2004 European Championship final to Greece.

And Varane said it is funny to see his reaction when his loses on the training ground.

“Ronaldo is a bon vivant, he is friendly, he always has something to help you progress. He wants to be the best around. It infuriates him when he loses, he cannot stand it. It’s true that sometimes, in the dressing room, it’s fun to lose just to make him mad,” he stated.

The 20-year-old, who signed for the European giants from Lens in 2011, admitted he needs to impose himself more at the club, but added it comes with experience.

“You have to be humble and learn from the players around you. They have the experience, they know the very highest level, they have international calibre. You have to respect them, but not too much. You have to impose yourself,” he said.