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Outspoken Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff has told Cristiano Ronaldo he needs to “grow up” after the Portugal star hit out at opposing fans for chanting Lionel Messi’s name at him.
Ronaldo was quick to remind Denmark fans who goaded him during their Euro 2012 clash last week that Messi had done very little at last summer’s Copa America as Argentina crashed out at the quarter-final stage.
Indeed, Messi failed to find the net in any of Los Albiceleste;s four games at the tournament which was player on home soil whicl Ronaldo has gone some way to silencing the doubters with a brace in Portugal’s 2-1 win over Holland last time out.
But with Ronaldo still smarting at being the subject of the Messi chants, Cruyff has urged him to to stop being so childish. “To Ronaldo, it must be the same if the fans talk about his mother or Messi,” the Dutchman told reporters. “If that concerns him, he needs to grow up.”
Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has further stuck the boot in by claiming the Real Madrid sar would not be selected in his club’s starting XI, stating the 27-year-old star is the “12th best player in the world”.
Ronaldo has been tipped to reclaim the World Player of the Year accolade won by Messi for the past three successive seasons after helping Madrid to the La Liga title and scoring 62 goals last season.
But Rosell, isn’t convinced and has again endorsed Messi as the world’s best. “Cristiano Ronaldo is not the second best player in the world, he is the 12th,” he told Spanish newspaper AS. “The first 11 are the Barcelona players. Outside Spain everyone is clear that Messi should win the Golden Ball.”