A war of words has erupted between Cristiano Ronaldo and his former coach at Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho, as the goal poacher appeared to hit back at Jose after the Manchester United boss criticised his touchline antics during the Euro 2016 final.
Ronaldo was forced off in the first half of the final with a knee injury and then spent the latter stages of the 1-0 win over France animatedly cheering on his team-mates as well as barking instructions from the touchline.
Despite the win, Mourinho has hit out at his fellow countryman and claims his touchline behaviour did his side no favours at all.
‘Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t help in any way by doing that in the final few minutes of the Euros final,’ the United manager told Portugal’s SporTV.
‘There were 11 players on the pitch doing their job, and the person in charge of directing them was the coach.
‘I saw it as an overload of emotion from someone who saw that the team was just minutes away from achieving an objective which everyone wanted.
‘He lost a little emotional control, not that that’s a bad thing, but what my experience tells me is that it is in these moments, when important decisions might need to be made, that the players are lost in their own little worlds.’
Eder scored the only goal of the game in extra time as Portugal won their first ever international trophy and Ronaldo put himself in the box seat to re-claim the Ballon d’Or.
And now less than a month on from the triumph, Ronaldo appears to have bit back at his former Real Madrid manager.
The forward took to his Instagram account to post a picture of him celebrating with the trophy and team-mates Bruno Alves, Pepe and Andre Gomes. He captioned the picture with the words: ‘Quick reminder’.