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Cristiano Ronaldo 'is a spoiled, cocky, arrogant child' claims journalist

The Portuguese star has been criticised for his gestures of discontent.

Real Madrid secured a 3-0 victory in La Liga against Almería at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night, but it was far from a stellar performance to put Los Blancos within two points of Barcelona, in the title chase.

Typically, performances have been dissected in the Spanish media, with the actions of one player in particular under the spotlight: Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese star has scored just once in five games for Real Madrid, and during the encounter with Almeria his frustrations seemed evident, with numerous gestures of discontent.

Debating the actions of the 30-year-old superstar on Cadena COPE show, El Pardido de las 12, journalist José Joaquín Brotons described the player as childish in the extreme, lambasting: "He's a spoiled, cocky and arrogant child. His behaviour is unacceptable."

This reaction from the journalist, in his view, highlighting the visual signs of petulance from Cristiano, waving his arms around in frustration, or puffing his cheeks, when things weren't going his way.

However and on the same show, fellow journalist Manolo Lama defended the actions of the Real Madrid number seven, putting such actions down to the highly competitive nature of the player.

Lama explained: "He's a guy who lives for his football, who demands so much from himself, but at no moment has shown a lack of respect for his team-mates."

Continuing and regarding any lack of celebrations with team-mates, Lama offered the view: "Cristiano gets annoyed if he hasn't scored, not because one of his colleagues has. He's happy when his team is winning, but also, more so when he's scored too."

Amidst concerns about the current form of their star man, Real Madrid will be hoping he's firing on all cylinders, during the crucial weeks to come. The chase for the league title is still on, whilst there's also the task of overcoming Juventus, as they seek to defend their Champions League crown.

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