A Heavy Tackle On Cristiano Ronaldo Meant Manu Hernando Never Trained With Real Madrid First Team Again
Hernando, who was only a teenager at the time, was training with Madrid's first team squad during the 2017/18 campaign when the incident occured.
But before lifting the trophy during a routine training session at the club's training centre in Valdebebas, Zidane split the squad up into two teams for a practice game, according to MARCA.
It was here where Hernando delivered a heavy challenge on the five-time Ballon d'Or winner after challenging for a loose ball. Ronaldo fell to the ground and according to the report, he didn't hide his anger afterwards.
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You could even say that was a pivotal moment in Hernando's young career.
Hernando apologised to Ronaldo afterwards and the game continued, but that was the defender's last training session with the first team squad.
In the coming weeks Zidane decided against giving the youngster another call-up to first team training and he was eventually ousted to the reserves before joining Racing Santander on loan in January.
Hernando made his unofficial debut for Madrid in 2017, where he featured in a pre-season game against Manchester United, but he has yet to make an official appearance for the first team.
Last season, the defender made a total of 15 appearances on loan at Racing Santander in the Segunda División, scoring one goal from the back
But whether he will be able to break into Real Madrid's side under Zidane is unclear.
The 22-year-old was sent out loan to second division side SD Ponferradina in August and he has so far made four appearances for the club this season.
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