According to Spanish media outlet Don Balon, six players at Real Madrid have led rebellion against club hierarchy, with the intent of having Cristiano Ronaldo dropped from the starting line-up. The Portuguese superstar has scored 31 goals in 39 games this season for Los Blancos, but the players feel the team plays better without him.
It has been revealed that the players who want Ronaldo dropped are Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Isco Alarcon, Marco Asensio, and Alvaro Morata — warning the club officials that the idea of untouchables need to be broken. The 32-year-old was criticized for his performance in home El Clasico loss against Barcelona last Sunday, leading people to conclude that he is no longer the best player in the squad.
There were also rumors that Ronaldo had a huge bust-up with Marcelo and Modric after the match, with the club captain Sergio Ramos even having to hold him back to stop the argument from turning into a fight. The Portuguese was reportedly unhappy with both players’ role in conceding the late goal to Barcelona, scored by none other than his biggest rival Lionel Messi.
Madrid’s bench players shone against huge win over Deportivo La Coruna yesterday, with James Rodriguez striking twice while Lucas Vasquez, Morata, Isco, and Casemiro also chipping in with one goal each. The players believe that the team plays with much more unity without Ronaldo, and with important matches coming up in both La Liga and Champions League, they want Zinedine Zidane to field the best eleven possible without any bias.