Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was whistled by a section of the crowd at the Bernabéu.
The win for Real Madrid in La Liga over the weekend was a much-needed boost. Sub-par performances in recent games, intense press scrutiny and a public backing of Carlo Ancelotti by club president Florentino Pérez, all needed the right kind of reaction where it matters most... On the pitch.
Less than impressed with the efforts of their 'Galacticos' recently, the ever-demanding Bernabéu crowd hasn't held back from letting them know. Even the seemingly untouchable Cristiano Ronaldo, was on the receiving end on Sunday. During the game, the Portuguese star received whistles from the crowd, as highlighted in the following video via popular Spanish football show, El Chiringuito.
The whistles began when Cristiano Ronaldo fluffed a couple of dribble attempts, but the loudest came after a lengthy attacking move, which culminated in him being caught offside. When the whistles started again, his expression as he turned and stared directly at his critics in the stand behind the goal, clearly shows what he thought of them. Furthermore, having mouthed what literally translates as "f*** you" - he certainly won't have endeared himself.
In contrast, ahead of the game against Levante as the players warmed up, sections of the crowd chanted Ronaldo's name, which he thanked them for and encouraged. Whether he takes the whistles as being directed towards him, or at the team in general, they have left him clearly frustrated. At the moment however, it's difficult to gauge exactly what's going through his mind, given his self-imposed media ban, which he promised to observe until the end of the season.
Beyond the whistles, there's a growing impression Cristiano Ronaldo is currently unhappy at Real Madrid. Along with his reaction to fans, there were also far from impressed gestures when Gareth Bale scored, rather than himself.
Such signs of discontent, according to the Daily Mail, could lead him back to Manchester United. If that were to happen, there's no doubting that fans at Old Trafford would welcome him back adoringly with arms wide open.