On Wednesday at Madrid stadium in a match against Almeria, a team-mate scores instead of Cristiano Ronaldo and instead of the goal celebration impersonation of the Incredible Hulk, the Santiago Bernabeu gets the Incredible Sulk. We have seen it all before and we will see it again.
On Wednesday night it was smashing the ball back into the empty net after Alvaro Arbeloa had scored. Previously there was a failure to congratulate Gareth Bale because he was too engrossed with frustration at not having scored himself in the chance that led to the goal.
‘I’m not bothered by it,’ said Arbeloa after the match admitting he had seen the reaction of his team-mate. ‘And if I’m not bothered by it, then no-one should be. I understand that it’s a gesture of his ambition to score as many goals as possible. He is in a battle with [Lionel] Messi to finish as top scorer and in the dressing room we know that.’
Coach Carlo Ancelotti was equally forgiving when he said: ‘If he doesn’t score another goal between now and the end of the season I will still be happy. I have never had a player like him in my career.’
Sir Alex Ferguson continues to be just as supportive. Ronaldo’s former manager suggested recently that he had the edge on Messi because he had won at various clubs and could do at any club what he does at Real Madrid.
His manager and players suffer his occasional fits of selfishness because of everything he brings to the team and the trophy cabinet.