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You’ve probably come across his bombshell of an interview with Piers Morgan by now. In it, Ronaldo raised numerous allegations, pointing fingers at Manchester United‘s hierarchy and even former manager Ralf Rangnick.
The interview once again showed off his tendency to stir up a scene, as the entirety of Football Twitter soaked in every bit of detail.
However, another piece of surprising information about the striker seemingly dropped off the radar once the interview dropped.
And it came from one of Ronaldo’s most notable former teammates Karim Benzema.
Speaking to Telefoot, the Frenchman talked about his maiden Ballon d’Or triumph and shared that he always backed himself to win the prestigious award.
The interviewer then cheekily enquired if Ronaldo congratulated the Frenchman on his win. In response, Benzema said ‘ No, not yet.’
This came as quite a shock for fans online, who felt that Ronaldo’s behaviour was unacceptable. And it’s easy to see why.
Benzema has famously been the ideal teammate, he largely played in Ronaldo’s shadow during his tenure at Real Madrid and did so without hesitation.
The 34-year-old always made sure to celebrate his teammates’ individual triumphs, Ronaldo’s included, with this picture being the perfect example.
From being in the supporting cast to becoming the main protagonist himself, Benzema’s career came full circle as he held aloft the Golden Ball at the Theatre du Chatelet.
As a result, the entire Football fraternity praised the Frenchman for his journey, and fans expected that Ronaldo had too. But with Benzema himself refuting that notion, users on Twitter were left with a sour taste.
When you consider that the Frenchman made sure to publicly congratulate Ronaldo for his Ballon d’Or triumphs in 2015 and 2016, it all becomes all the more surprising.
There were those who came to Portugal International’s aid, stating that perhaps his rough patch and struggles on the pitch have proved to be a hefty distraction.
An equally plausible theory, although we certainly hope that Benzema gets his due praise from his former teammate sometime in the future.