The Brazilian superstar and former Real Madrid forward Kaka has unequivocally demanded Madrid faithfuls to accord Cristiano Ronaldo some respect.
His call came after CR7 was booed by the team’s fans during a La Liga match against Celta Vigo earlier this month. Ronaldo showed his true value later on by scoring four goals in the 7-1 win. He currently stands atop La Liga’s highest goal scorer chart this season with 28 goals.
In Kaka’s opinion:
“Cristiano is a great player and I’m not just talking about his quality, but what he has contributed to Real Madrid…”
“I’d like to see supporters show more respect to Cristiano for what he has done for this club. Hearing people boo Cristiano is not right after everything he has done for this club.”
CR7 is 2 goals ahead of Barcelona forward Luis Suarez. The Portuguese star and former Manchester United forward is bidding to become the league’s No. 1 marksman for a third straight year.
Cristiano passed former record set by the Spaniard Raul as the Real’s all-time top scorer last October by scoring a total 324 goals in 310 matches. Raul made the mark in 741 games and scoring 323 goals.
CR7, 31, also set a record with his 11 goals in the Champions League group stage this term. However, critics has failed to forgive him for not scoring in big games against rival teams like Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
Ronaldo’s selfish comments after the derby defeat by Atletico on Feb. 27, when he said: “If everyone was at my level we would be top of the league” has been criticized by team-mates, Madrid fans and almost every football lover.
“Former World Player of the Year Kaka joined Madrid for 65 million euros ($73.5 million) in 2009 — the same year as Ronaldo arrived for a then-world record 80 million euros — but left in 2013 after failing to live up to expectations.”
The 33-year-old Brazilian said the Bernabeu club is an unforgiving place even for the best players in the world.
Kaka who is now plying his trade for Orlando City in the MLS said, “When you go out to play for Real Madrid you know what it’s like, it’s not just like that with Cristiano, it has been like that with (Zinedine) Zidane, Raul, (Iker) Casillas… it has always been like that.”
“The only thing I would like is to see a little more appreciation of what Cristiano has done there, which is a lot.”