Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho got along well with each other until towards the end of last season when the two Portuguese heavyweights fell out.
By the end of his three-year tenure at Real Madrid, Mourinho had fractured his relationships with pretty much everyone in the Spanish capital, and his compatriot was no exception.
After Madrid failed to reclaim the La Liga title in the 2012-13 campaign, the 51-year-old subtly blamed Ronaldo. The former Inter Milan coach claimed that his team had failed to make a good start to the season because his players were “sad”, alluding to Ronaldo publicly expressing his unhappiness earlier in the campaign.
Things are reported to be cold between the pair since then and it does not look feasible that they will work together again, if only because Ronaldo is unlikely to move to Chelsea and Mourinho will never return to Madrid. However, the duo could be on the opposite sides of the divide in Lisbon on May 24.
Madrid have progressed to the final of the Champions League for the first time since 2002 with a resounding 5-0 aggregate victory over defending champions Bayern Munich in the semis. Leading 1-0 from the first leg played at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid last week, Carlo Ancelotti’s side annihilated the German giants at the Allianz Arena in Munich on Tuesday.
Sergio Ramos scored twice in the opening 20 minutes and Ronaldo also hit a brace, his second an intelligent low free kick that went under the wall. Those were the Portugal international forward’s 15th and 16th goals in the Champions League this season, making him the first player to go beyond the 14-goal mark in a single campaign in Europe’s premier club competition.
Ronaldo was understandably overjoyed at making history and was also defiant about taking on Mourinho’s Chelsea in the final.
The Blues are in action tonight, as they host Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their semi-final tie at Stamford Bridge, having drawn the first leg 0-0 in the Spanish capital last week.
‘I’m really happy to break the Champions League record but what I want is to win it and we’re very excited,' Ronaldo told reporters.
‘A final is always complicated. I don’t care if it’s Mourinho or another coach. It will be in my country and I want to win the Champions League’.