Analysing current events at Real Madrid, speaking with Cadena COPE radio show 'El Partido de las 12' in the early hours of Thursday morning, iconic former Brazil and Real Madrid player Roberto Carlos offered his thoughts on the criticism Cristiano Ronaldo has received of late.
"They only whistled me once." Recalled the 41-year-old when asked if he ever experienced the same signs of discontent that Real Madrid fans have shown Cristiano Ronaldo recently at the Santiago Bernabeu. Noting that incident occurred for himself, after missing an important chance to score, he laughed: "I just asked them to give me the ball back, so I could prove to them they were wrong to whistle me."
Roberto Carlos doesn't feel that Real Madrid fans whistling Cristiano Ronaldo is merited or deserved, confident the Portuguese star and 2014 Ballon d'Or winner is doing his best, explaining: "In the world of football, it's very difficult to maintain your level of consistency throughout the whole season, or in every game, but the fans at the Bernabeu always see it that way, they've always been the same."
The frustrations of Cristiano Ronaldo of late have even lead to speculation that he could be forced to turn his back on Real Madrid, with options of a return to Manchester United recently suggested by the Daily Mail.
However, Roberto Carlos doesn't believe that's likely to happen at all, assuring that the 30-year-old star is made of much sterner stuff than to let a little criticism get under his skin, assuring: "It's not a part of his nature. He's happy with Real Madrid and I think he'll only leave at the end of his current contract. It's very difficult to see Florentino Perez letting him go before then."
Another former team-mate has also been on the receiving end of considerable flak, with suggestions goalkeeper Iker Casillas is now past his prime. Asked whether the Spain captain could seek a departure from the Bernabeu any time soon, Roberto Carlos responded: "Well, after Raul and Guti left, anything is possible I suppose."
The Brazilian legend doesn't want to see that happen though, believing Casillas still has plenty to offer Real Madrid and Spain, suggesting: "Iker must get his confidence back and also, get himself back to being number one."
Finally, and asked to ponder if Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti is the right man for the job or whether he'll still be in charge of Real Madrid next season, Roberto Carlos simply concluded: "If he doesn't win trophies, then he'll know his position is at risk."