Ronaldo ignored media curiosity and the Real Madrid coach supports him with similar action.
With graft, talent and finesse, Cristiano Ronaldo once again guided his team, Portugal to a great win against Russia in the FIFA Confederations Cup group stage clash. The Seleccao were 1-0 victors courtesy the top star’s eighth-minute header.
From a classic display, the Portuguese captain had his second consecutive Budweiser Man of the Match award. He ignored the press in his post-match interview, addressing himself only to FIFA’s official channel.
This was the second time Ronaldo avoided reporters after games in the tourney. The 2-2 draw against Mexico was the first occurrence. The Real Madrid star feels questions specifically on his 14.7 million euros tax fraud charge during these “on the pitch” times are not relevant.
And in honest support, head coach Fernando Santos agrees with the four-time Ballon d’Or winner.
“I think he did very well in not answering those questions. Must he answer questions from issues outside the game? He is here to talk about the game full stop, not about his life and family. I know you are curious but you have to respect and have an understanding.”
But the media never stops probing for details. CR7’s club coach Zinedine Zidane faced Spanish radio Cadena Cope on Wednesday. The Real Madrid boss was confronted by the media outlet after he left a restaurant in the Spanish capital.
Expected to answer alleged reports on Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid and the tax fraud lawsuit, Zidane briefly ignored the reporter.
“I’m not telling you anything,” he said.
Zizou showed utmost trust for his leader and knows how the Portuguese captain handles issues. After a stellar trophy haul this season, the coach knows exactly what CR7 wants and that’s certainly not comments from close mates. The Frenchman is obviously thinking of a new season along with his talismanic forward and places less importance on such rumors.
News surrounds Cristiano, but he always answers on the pitch.
The star man leads the European champions against New Zealand in their last group stage match of the FIFA Confederations Cup. He will surely answer once again while another post-match presser boycott might occur after the game.