The former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has come out making some not-so flattering comments about his old pupils, saying they were a bunch of vain guys.
In an interview with Esquire magazine, the Portuguese manager said that in many instances his compatriot, Cristiano Ronaldo, and the rest of them would be looking in the mirror as they waited to take the field.
“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.”
Real Madrid’s former boss spent only three years at the helm in the Spanish capital and is now the head man in the Premier League with Chelsea, who currently leads the standings.
Anyone that follows soccer knows that Real Madrid players are not the only ones behaving in such a manner, and Mourinho believes this is the culture of our times and he needs to adapt as a manager:
“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.”
It is not the first time Real Madrid’s Cristiano 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.
The Real Madrid top scorer took offense and even threatened to boycott the awards ceremony, which took place in January. Luckily, he seemed to rise to the occasion and opted for attending and was awarded the title of best soccer player in the world for the second time in his career.
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.
“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.”
In an interview with Yahoo the ex Real Madrid boss also suggested that its main star, Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t need to win the World Cup with Portugal to be considered one of the greatest players ever.