Cristiano Ronaldo's gesture was arrogant and ugly, claims Cordoba coach Djukic

The trainer has slammed the prolific attacker for pointing to the Club World Cup winners’ crest on his shot following his dismissal in Andalusia


Miroslav Djukic has hit out at Cristiano Ronaldo in the wake of the attacker’s behaviour in Real Madrid’s 2-1 win at Cordoba at the weekend.

The Portugal international made the headlines for all the wrong reasons as he kicked out at Edimar before then raising his hand to the Cordoba defender’s face, and the Ballon d’Or holder was consequently shown a straight red card.

The 29-year-old then further angered the home fans by pointing at the Club World Cup winners badge on his jersey and Djukic has less than impressed with the forward’s antics.

“Ronaldo’s behaviour was an act of desperation,” the Cordoba coach was quoted as saying by Marca.

“His gesture with the Club World Cup badge was ugly and arrogant.

“A player of Ronaldo’s stature should not behave like that. This is not how the best players in the world should behave, and he and Lionel Messi are the best.

“Ronaldo was not feeling comfortable, everything seemed to be going wrong for him, that’s where his desperation came from.”

Ronaldo has since been handed a two-match ban for his red card, meaning he will miss Madrid’s upcoming Liga clashes with Real Sociedad and Sevilla.

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James has shown his quality at Real Madrid – Valderrama

The former Colombia international believes the national team’s brightest star has adapted to life in the Spanish capital very quickly


James Rodriguez has already proven his quality within Real Madrid’s star-studded line-up, according to Colombia legend Carlos Valderrama.

James, who joined the European champions for a fee in the region of €80 million last summer, has impressed in a deeper role in Carlo Ancelotti’s side and has notched 10 goals and as many assists in all competitions so far this season.

And former Colombia star Valderrama believes the 23-year-old is learning a lot from playing for the Liga leaders.

“He adapted very quickly to the group and has done very well. That makes him relaxed enough to show his quality,” he was quoted as saying by AS.

“He’s young, he’s learning and he’s come to a team where he will learn a lot more, in a great team at a great club.

“He’s shown his quality. We are from different eras. In mine, he was a child, and now he is our star and will continue to be so.”

James admits Valderrama – who was capped 111 times by Colombia – was an idol of his while he was growing up.

“It’s a big honour to be at his side,” the former Monaco star said as the pair met at Madrid’s training complex.

“I admired him and I always will. It is a mutual admiration.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo handed two-game ban

The prolific attacker will miss the games against Real Sociedad and Sevilla following his red card against Cordoba


Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been handed a two-game suspension following his red card in the 2-1 win over Cordoba at the weekend.

The prolific attacker lost his temper in the closing stages of the game after failing to make an impact, kicking out and raising a hand to strike Cordoba defender Edimar in the face, leaving referee Alejandro Hernandez no other choice but to dismiss him.

Ronaldo was quick to apologise after the incident, while Edimar called for La Liga’s disciplinary committee to show leniency, and the Portugal captain has escaped a lengthy ban.

The 29-year-old will miss the Primera Division games against Real Sociedad and Sevilla as a result of his suspension.

Ronaldo has been in sublime form for Madrid in 2014-15, netting 36 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions.

The former Manchester United star’s absence means Ancelotti could turn to promising youngster Jese Rodriguez, who recently made his comeback after a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to injury.

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'I'm glad I don't have to face Ronaldo'

The Portugal international was sent off in Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Cordoba, meaning he is suspended for Saturday’s clash with Real Sociedad


Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez has admitted he is relieved he doesn’t have to face Cristiano Ronaldo this weekend when his side take on Real Madrid.

The Portugal international will miss Saturday’s encounter due to suspension after picking up a red card against Cordoba last weekend.

Madrid were beaten 4-2 by Sociedad in the reverse fixture when they were also without Ronaldo and Martinez believes his absence could prove to be a major advantage at the Bernabeu.

“It certainly is good news that Ronaldo will not play,” Martinez was quoted as saying by AS.

“We all know the player he is and that he doesn’t need much to score against you. That doesn’t mean that the rest of the Madrid team can’t cause problems, though.

“They are all excellent players and with or without Cristiano, Madrid are a great team.”

Madrid sit top of the Primera Division table with 48 points from 19 games, while Sociedad are 11th under new boss David Moyes.

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Madrid have struggled – Isco

The attacking midfielder is hopeful the Champions League holders can get back to their best and has set his sights on another European title


Isco has admitted that Real Madrid have struggled to find their best form since the turn of the year.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men were beaten by Valencia earlier this year, while they were also eliminated from the Copa del Rey by Atletico Madrid.

Madrid remain top of the Liga table irrespective of their indifferent form and Isco wants to show what they are capable of again when they meet Real Sociedad at the weekend, with their 4-2 defeat in the reverse fixture serving as extra motivation.

“More than wanting revenge, we want to start feeling good again,” Isco was quoted as saying by Marca.

“There are three important points up for grabs in front of the home fans and we want to win to maintain our dominant position in the league.”

The attacking midfielder then went on to stress that La Liga is not Madrid’s only objective, though, as they also aim to retain the Champions League.

“The league and the Champions League are very important. Real Madrid need to be there fighting for both titles.

“It’s great trying to retain the Champions League, and we’ll work very hard to try and manage it.”

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