Jose Mourinho insists his Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is an honest player

02 September 2010 01:58
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho seems to have backtracked two years after calling Cristiano Ronaldo a diver.

He now says the Real superstar is too honest for his own good - and claims that is due to Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

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Mourinho said: 'Cristiano is a player who does not have the culture of the swimmingpool, he has no culture of simulation, he is a British-trained player,Ferguson trained.

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'In some cases, the simulators are given more protection, and those whoare honest are often the losers. I'm not a hypocrite if I say that they(defenders) hit Cristiano very hard, and that the yellow cards do notarrive or are slow in coming.'

Back in 2008, Mourinho claimed Ronaldo was a diver, like his former Chelsea star Didier Drogba.

'I am no longer Chelsea coach, and I do not have todefend them any more, but I think it is correct if I say Drogba is adiver.

'Drogba, Ronaldo, Torres and van Persie are the divers. Who dives more?Who has won more penalties in recent years? But English football is theone that criticises the divers the most.

'I hate diving, but I'm not happy if a player is kicked by somebody inthe box and he tries to remain standing. It's very, very rare a refereegives a decision if the player doesn't go down so I tell players not tobe naive, but to be fair.'

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Source: Daily_Mail