Cristiano Ronaldo has said that if the rest of his Real Madrid teammates were on his level, the team would be top of La Liga.
Ronaldo was speaking after Atletico Madrid won the Madrid derby and in an attempt to defend himself against what he sees as unfair criticism from the Press, suggested some of his teammates need to up their contribution.
“If everyone had my level, we’d be first. Every year, according to the Press, it seems I’m rubbish, but the numbers and statistics don’t lie,” he said, Marca reports.
“I don’t want to disparage anyone, any teammate, but when the best aren’t there it’s difficult to win. I like playing with Pepe, with Karim [Benzema], with [Gareth] Bale, with Marcelo.
“I don’t mean Jese, Lucas [Vazquez], [Mateo] Kovacic aren’t good, they’re very good, but…
“I don’t know if it was poor preparation in the first half of the season but we’re having a lot of injuries and that hurts us.
“We had more chances and we deserved to win but football is like that.”