Real Madrid defender David Alaba expressed his sympathy for former club player Cristiano Ronaldo, who is currently absent from the club.
Ronaldo is undoubtedly considered one of the greatest players of his generation, having won five Ballon d’Or awards.
However, things did not go according to plan that the Portugal captain had drawn up in recent months.
Ronaldo initially failed in his efforts to join a Champions League club in the summer transfer window.
The 37-year-old has often found himself relegated to the bench under Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford.
The former Juventus star hasn’t stopped himself from venting his frustrations at Ten Hag.
Ronaldo eventually launched an attack on Man United and Ten Hag in a controversial interview with broadcaster Piers Morgan.
That interview led to Man United terminating his contract by mutual consent last month and Ronaldo went into the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar as a free agent.
Ronaldo was then dropped to the bench for Portugal’s World Cup knockout matches by Fernando Santos before being eliminated from the tournament.
His antics, both on and off the field, have seen him criticized by many fans and pundits in recent months.
But Alaba has now come to Ronaldo’s defense, suggesting that most of the criticism leveled at him is unfair.
Alaba said on Servus TV [via Madrid Universal]: “What is the [Ronaldo] I’ve done this for the past 15 years, and personally, I’m really grateful for that.
He helped shape our generation. What he achieved is incredible. It is sad and a shame that you have to see such scenes or read such things about him.”
It’s sad, a shame – the Real Madrid star sympathizes with Ronaldo