Luka Modric has revealed that current Tottenham boss, Jose Mourinho, and Cristiano Ronaldo once nearly got into a fight before other Real Madrid players had to intervene (Express).
The former-Spurs midfielder revealed in his recently-released autobiography that the bust-up between the pair left Ronaldo ‘on the verge of tears’.
The Croatian added that, had the bust-up not have been separated by other players, it would have ended up in a ‘real fight’.
Over a three year period between 2010 and 2013, Mourinho and Ronaldo worked together at Los Blancos (Transfermarkt). The bust-up came in the Copa Del Rey and started because Ronaldo did not track back with his man which left the Portuguese manager furious.
Modric said: “I was surprised by Mourinho’s reaction. We were winning 2-0 in the Copa del Rey.
“Ronaldo did not chase the rivals on his throw-in and Jose was furious with Cristiano.
“The two fought for a long time on the field. After returning to the locker room at half-time, I saw Ronaldo desperate, on the verge of tears. He said, ‘I do my best and he continues to criticise me.’
“Mourinho came in and began to criticise the Portuguese for his responsibility during the game.
“They became so hot that only the intervention of the team-mates avoided a real fight between them.”
In his time at Madrid, Ronaldo won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies. (Transfermarkt). Modric left Spurs in 2012 to join Cristiano at Madrid after a four-year spell at the club following his arrival from Dinamo Zagreb for £16.5M (Transfermarkt).
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If Mourinho is willing to say how he feels to Ronaldo, no player in the Spurs changing room is safe. It will certainly make interesting viewing when the Amazon Prime documentary releases later this year to see the difference between Mauricio Pochettino and Mourinho in half-time team talks.
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