Cristiano Ronaldo is blasting comments made by FIFA head Sepp Blatter on a video, in which he is heard mocking the Real Madrid striker.
In the now public video Blatter is heard mimicking the Portuguese player and calling him “commander of the field.”
During a speech at an event at Oxford University, Blatter said he likes Argentinian player Lionel Messi better than Ronaldo because the latter one spends more time and money on his hairstyle than Messi, who is considered by many to be the best player in the world.
In the eyes of many critics Ronaldo has something to prove, since the has finished a runner up to Messi in the Ballon d’Or, the award given to the player of the year, in three of the last four seasons.
Ronaldo earned the coveted prize while he still played in Manchester United in 2008.
On Tuesday, the list of 23 players nominated for the award this year was announced and once again both Messi and Ronaldo are contenders.
Ronaldo took to his Facebook page to complain bitterly about Blatter’s comments saying:
“This video shows clearly the respect and consideration that FIFA has for me, for my club and my country. Much is explained now. I wish Mr. Blatter health and a long life, with the certainty that he will continue to witness, as he deserves, the successes of his favourite teams and players.”
Blatter is in hot water for the mocking comments as Real Madrid and the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) have sent letters to FIFA complaining.
In a letter posted on the Real Madrid website, Blatter states he thinks Ronaldo and Messi are on par with each other as players.
“I want to make it clear that for me Cristiano Ronaldo is at the same level as Messi and that they are both exceptional players, each one in their own way.”
“It was never my intention to upset or show a lack of respect towards Real Madrid, one of their players or their fans.” the FIFA boss said.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti agrees with Ronaldo’s outrage at Blatter’s comments:
“It seems to me like a lack of respect. I haven’t spoken with Cristiano about it. Today he trained very well as he always does.” Ancelotti said. “He shows every day that he is a great player. He is serious, professional and respects everyone.”
For its part the FPF website posted a statement on behalf of president Fernando Gomes, which was less kind than Real Madrid’s:
“I can’t, in any way, agree with the position expressed by the person who leads world football in his comments about the national team and about someone who is a symbol of Portuguese football.”
“Moreover, they seem unfit and inappropriate and clearly show a lack of respect for Cristiano Ronaldo and for Portugal.” the statement adds.
The site argues that having Cristiano Ronaldo, once again, on the list of nominees for the Ballon d’Or makes the statement even more troubling as the FIFA head should not be making his personal opinions on who is better public.
Watch the video and tell us if you think Cristiano Ronaldo is justified on being upset or is making a big deal out of nothing.