Alvaro Arbeloa has jumped to the defence of the record-breaking attacker after Sepp Blatter's comments last week.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter remarked last week that he ‘preferred’ Lionel Messi to the Portugal international, whilst labelling the former Manchester United man a ‘commander’.
Drawing the ire of both Madrid and the player, Blatter has since apologised, but left Los Blancos’ experienced full-back concerned.
'A person in a position such as he is in cannot make those statements,' Arbeloa told reporters.
'The things he’s said in public and hearing what he says in private attracts attention. Everybody’s noticed. I don’t know if it explains a lot of things, but it can explain some. They’re things that nobody understands.
'You have to have a little more respect when you have a position like he has. Ronaldo is a reference point in the world of football.
'Whoever likes football has to like Cristiano Ronaldo. He’s one of the best forwards in the world and Real Madrid is lucky to have him.'
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