Real Madrid star Luka Modric revealed that Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo once almost got into a fight until the rest of the dressing room intervened. Mourinho and Ronaldo worked together for three years at Real and their relationship wasn’t always stellar as there was a time when they almost came to blows.
Tottenham hero Modric opened up about a heated altercation the two men had in the locker room during a Copa del Rey match in his autobiography.
Los Blancos were winning 2-0 at half-time but the current Tottenham manager was livid with the Portuguese superstar because he didn’t mark his opponents properly.
Ronaldo was “on the verge of tears” as he walked backstage and got into a shouting match with his compatriot that got so intense it led to the rest of the team separating them from each other.
The Real star midfielder claims that there would have been a “real fight” if the squad never interfered as the two men were enraged.
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Modric wrote: “I was surprised by Mourinho’s reaction. We were winning 2-0 in the Copa del Rey.
“Ronaldo did not chase the rivals on his throw-in and Jose was furious with Cristiano.
“The two fought for a long time on the field. After returning to the locker room at half-time, I saw Ronaldo desperate, on the verge of tears. He said, ‘I do my best and he continues to criticise me.’
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“Mourinho came in and began to criticise the Portuguese for his responsibility during the game.
“They became so hot that only the intervention of the team-mates avoided a real fight between them.”
Mourinho’s stint at Real didn’t go by smoothly, even though he won the Copa Del Rey and La Liga in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
The former Chelsea and Manchester United boss endured a strained relationship with some of his players at the time, such as Iker Casillas and captain Sergio Ramos.
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Ronaldo became a club legend during his nine-year stint at the Santiago Bernabeu as he recorded a staggering 450 goals in 438 appearances.
The Manchester United great also won two La Liga titles as well as four Champions League trophies.
The 35-year-old was also part of Zinedine Zidane’s squad that won the Champions League three times in a row.
Ronaldo now plays for Juventus where he has scored a total of 53 goals in 75 appearances for the Italian champions.
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