Former Real Madrid striker Carlos Santillana has said Cristiano Ronaldo needs to drop his cocky attitude if he is to win back the support of the club’s fans.
The Portuguese is reportedly upset at the fierce criticism aimed at him and the team in recent weeks by the Madrid support. Last weekend, he was caught by the television cameras showing a look of disgust when the supporters jeered when Real were ruled offside during one attack against Levante.
Ronaldo has decided not to talk to the media until the end of the season at the treatment by some sections of the press and Madridista support.
The 30-year-old started the campaign in impressive fashion, but a downturn in form has coincided with a slump for the team overall. Fans were also unimpressed last month when the player was seen celebrating his birthday just hours after the 4-0 humiliation by local rivals Atletico de Madrid.
Speaking to journalists on Thursday, Santillana, who spent almost two decades at the Santiago Bernabeu, stated: “Sometimes I don’t like his attitude. It is something that Real Madrid’s fans don’t like, so imagine what rival fans think of him. We don’t have to boo him, but he should correct his cocky attitude.”