Football Boss Dubs Cristiano Ronaldo And Co. Vain
Football manager Jose Mourinho has criticized the players at his former club ‘Real Madrid’ after claiming Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates spent too much time looking at themselves in front of the mirror before games.
Mourinho spent three years at the Santiago Bernabeu where he coached players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, and in an interview with magazine ‘Esquire’ he lamented the prima donna attitude of today’s stars.
“Lots of times at Real Madrid, the players would be queuing in front of the mirror before the game while the referee waited for them in the tunnel,” he revealed.
“But that’s how society is now. Young people care a lot about this: they are twenty-something and I am 51 and if I want to work with kids I have to understand their world.
“How can I stop my players on the bus doing, er, what do you call? Twitters and these things? How can I stop them if my daughter and my son do the same? So, I have to adapt to the moment.”
This is the first time that Ronaldo has been accused of being overly concerned by the way he looks.
Before he was awarded the Ballon d’Or, the international phenomenon got into a bit of a spat with FIFA boss Stepp Blatter, after he suggested that Ronaldo was more worried about his hair than playing soccer.
As to Mourinho, he adds that there is a big difference in the way players earn a living now, compared to when he was young when soccer stars made most of their money after becoming famous.
He added: “What I feel is that before, players were trying to make money during their career, be rich at the end of their career.
“But in this moment, the people who surround them try to make them rich before they start their career.
“They try to make them rich when they sign their first contract, when they didn’t play one single match in the Premier League, when they don’t know what it is to play in the Champions League.”