Emmanuel Adebayor has made an interesting claim after speaking about an incident involving José Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.
The former Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal striker touched on his time playing for Los Blancos and recalled how the Special One "killed" the five-time Ballon d'Or winner for his performance in a match, despite the fact that he had scored a hat-trick.
"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 told the Daily Mail.
"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.'
"Cristiano took it. Ronaldo could score a hat-trick but talk about the one he missed."
Adebayor wasn't done there. The 35-year-old İstanbul Başakşehir player also spoke highly about the Juventus ace, especially for his brilliance as a footballer.
"He trained with us at Real Madrid as though he was training with his kids," he explained.
"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."
Mourinho, who has been out of management since he was sacked as Manchester United boss, recently defended his record as a manager.
In fact, the 56-year-old former Inter Milan and Chelsea head coach, who recently revealed some insight into how he beat Ajax in the Europa League final with United, admitted that some people would describe him as a "b*****d."
"[I would bring] quality, knowledge, experience and limitless ambition. But I am also horrible after a defeat, horrible with the people who have less ambition than me," he told DAZN.
"[They say] 'José the man is emotional, he thinks so much about others.' 'José the coach is pragmatic, intelligent and domineering.' 'I like José as a person, it's a shame that people know the coach more.'
"How would players describe me in one word? Some will say a b*****d. Why should they choose me? To win. In fact, I'd ask them directly: 'If you want to win, if the one condition is winning, then we can start talking.'"
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