Cristiano Ronaldo will argue about anything – including the temperature of the sea – and is always talking, according to the club’s former assistant manager Paul Clement.
During his time at the club, Clement helped Real to win the infamous La Decima, the tenth Champions League, but he left when Carlo Ancelotti was fired.
Speaking to The Times ahead of Madrid’s Champions League game against Manchester City, Clement said that Ronaldo would always be having arguments with the likes of Pepe and Marcelo.
He went on to recount how when he questioned them about what they were discussing one time and they told him they were arguing about the temperature of the ocean.
“The thing about Cristiano Ronaldo is that he never stops talking, particularly with his fellow Portuguese speakers — Marcelo, Pepe and Fábio Coentrão when he was there. Every dinner, every journey on the bus they would be talking non-stop. Mostly they’d be squabbling or having an argument about something.
“I was there for two years under Carlo Ancelotti and remember one trip to Celta Vigo, where it was a 30-minute journey from the airport to the hotel. As soon as we got on the bus, off they go — Ronaldo, Pepe, Coentrão and Marcelo. Carlo turns to me and says, ‘Oh my God, not again, they never shut up!’ We liked to have some quiet at the front of the bus so eventually I turned round and said ‘What are you arguing about?’ It turned out they were arguing about the temperature of the ocean! If it wasn’t that they’d be arguing about what love is, asking can you really be in love with one person? That’s what they were like, all the time.”
Ronaldo has often been portrayed by the media as the strong and silent type, who is fairly shy, but this anecdote from Clement paints a slightly different picture.
At the moment it is unclear whether or not Ronaldo will actually be able to play against City, with the forward suffering a thigh strain last week.
He travelled with the squad to Manchester for the game against City but there has been no hint on whether or not manager Zinedine Zidane will play his side’s talisman.
Under the French coach, Real have clawed their way back into the title race and are still fighting for the Champions League trophy.
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