“We’ve got a large group and everyone is united. We are happy that things are going well. I personally feel comfortable here, and I’m dedicated to my football.”
But is Di Maria not trying to cool down the heat between Los Blancos and the curious media? After all, what good would it do to expose Real Madrid's internal troubles if there are any whereas the club is in a phase where it is important to stick together as they plan to build an unbreakable fortress? Well, whether Di Maria is right or wrong concerning the notion of unity within the Spanish giants, the truth is that gossips still surround Cristiano Ronaldo and Iker Casillas.
A few months ago, Cristiano Ronaldo was accused of being a selfish player by Casillas’ girlfriend Sara Carbonero. The female journalist’s comments were then later contradicted by boyfriend Iker who backed Cristiano Ronaldo’s attitude as a professional. (Read about Sara Carbonero’s attack on Cristiano Ronaldo here, and Casillas’ defense of CR7 here).
Recently, though, this story has taken another tone with Casillas trying to protect his girlfriend Sara Carbonero in a professional manner towards the unhappy Cristiano Ronaldo. Now it is believed that CR7 called the Real Madrid shot stopper to tell him about the issue related to Sara’s comments. And as Jose Ramon de la Morena from Cadena Ser revealed during a program (El Larguero podcast), this is what happened:
“Iker replied by telling [Cristiano Ronaldo] that his girlfriend is a journalist and that she’s thus free to comment on whatever or whomever she chooses.”
Apparently, this answer didn’t go too well with Real Madrid’s number 7 as the case between the player and Iker has reportedly not been solved yet. According to Jose Ramon de la Morena, Cristiano Ronaldo’s behavior on the pitch is also something which has let his team mates have divided opinions.
“In Barcelona, when someone fouls Messi, all his teammates, almost on cue, go to tell off his aggressor. At Real Madrid, he [Cristiano Ronaldo] is alone. Only a few teammates come to his defense (after he’s been fouled).”
Does this suggest that – especially after El Clasico – some Real Madrid players are “fed up” with Cristiano Ronaldo’s petulance and so-called theatricals on the pitch? Well, it will be interesting to see how Los Blancos will react as team against Sevilla this weekend in response to the Spanish media’s claims.