Cristiano Ronaldo has been hauled over the coals for his reaction to Luka Modric being named Uefa Best Player at a ceremony in Monaco Thursday.
Leading the criticism of the Portugal captain is Croatia national team coach Zlatko Dalic, who said Ronaldo will be left permanently on the bench if he were to be in charge of his club.
Dalic unleashed his venom on Ronaldo after the 33-year-old failed to attend the UEFA award Thursday where former teammate Modric emerged best player of the year.
Dalic who led Croatia to second place finish in Russia described Ronaldo who recently moved to Juventus from Real Madrid as a an “egoist”
“Ronaldo not attending UEFA ceremony and those comments about Luka winning it… it is not worthy of my comment,” he told Sportske Novosti before providing exactly that.
“It only proves what I keep saying: Ronaldo is egoist and I’d never want him in my team.
“He is kind of player that only thinks, ‘No matter if we lose, the only thing that matters is that I score a goal!’”
Dalic’s words come just before Croatia travel to Portugal for a friendly next week, though the 51-year-old seemingly has little appetite for a grudge match.
“Our main goal is Euro 2020, so Portugal and UEFA Nation’s League is not that important and even to lose against Portugal and Spain is no big deal,” he said
“I am not saying we will not try to win, but I don’t want to put too much pressure on our team when Euro 2020 is the next big thing that counts.
“The team is worn out and needs fresh energy, strength and motivation.”