Former Arsenal and Real Madrid star, Emmanuel Adebayor has opened up on his time in the Spanish capital, revealing how once their star player, Cristiano Ronaldo got a blasting from then manager, Jose Mourinho, despite scoring a hat-trick.
In an interview with Sportsmail, as per Fox Sports, the 35-year-old gave an insight into how ruthless, Mourinho could be as a manager.
“At Real, we were winning 3-0 at half-time. He (Mourinho) came into the dressing room and went mental. He kicked the fridge, kicked the television, threw water. He killed everyone. I remember he once killed Ronaldo after he scored a hat-trick. He said: ‘Everyone says you are the best in the world and you are playing badly. Show me you are the best,” he said.
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“Cristiano took it. Ronaldo could score a hat-trick but talk about the one he missed.
The Togolese striker also spoke glowingly about the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, claiming that his work ethic was second to none.
“He trained with us at Real Madrid as though he was training with his kids. Passes with his back, control with his neck. He once kept the ball for five seconds with one touch! How is that even possible? In the gym, wow. Sergio Ramos and I were the strongest. But then came Ronaldo. “You think that’s hard?” he’d say. We’d do five reps and he’d do 30″, Adebayor added.