Cristiano Ronaldo snubbed Real Madrid’s medical team and sought medical advice from archrivals Barcelona, way back in May. He has now asked to be allowed to have a personal physio as part of his new Real Madrid contract.
Report from FootballEspana says Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has agreed to his demand.
Ronaldo is no doubt, among the list of top-class players in the Madrid squad who are finding it hard to co-operate with the club’s medical team.
Image: Critiano Ronaldo against Iceland.
Los Blancos medical department is headed by Dr Jesus Olmo.
Problems between the doctor and players with his insistence that stretching is the cure to all injury problems. He’s therefore known as Dr. Stretch–behind his back.
The doctors attitude towards players and injury treatments has been the cause of growing discontent in the squad, forcing the club captain Sergio Ramos to have reportedly demanded he be banned from the changing room. Players don’t just like him.
Marca reported that problems began in the summer when Olmo was given control of recruitment and he made radical changes by letting experienced doctors and physios go, while bringing in those close to him; Pedro Chueca, Juan Muro and Dani Pirri were three dismissed doctors and physios who had given more than two decades of service to the club.
According to reports, President Perez favors the doctor for personal reasons, granting him a chance to remain with the club in his services notwithstanding the ongoing rift.
Olmo is Jeronimo Farre’s son in-law, one of Real Madrid’s directors, who also happens to be club president Florentino Perez’s personal doctor.
The urgent need to keep his medical team and ensure every player’s happiness can’t be far-fetched from the reasons he [Perez] gave his consent for Ronaldo to have his own fitness expert.
Image: C. Ronaldo in action for Portugal.
Reports confirm that Ronaldo has in recent times gone to Joaquin Juan, the physio of Spanish basketball star Pau Gasol, while Sergio Ramos turned to Pedro Chueca, a masseuse who was employed by Los Blancos before he and a number of others on the medical staff were let go.
AS adds that Perez has no plans to change the medical staff or remove Dr Olmo, but has granted Cristiano Ronaldo in writing, the right to use his own physio, not one employed by the club.