Real Madrid star and Ballon d’or Winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, drew criticism in the changing room by partying for his 30th birthday hours after a 4-0 defeat by rivals Atletico, media reported Monday.
Leading sports daily Marca called the Portuguese striker’s birthday bash after Real’s Madrid derby defeat in the league on Saturday “The Party of Discord.”
“Pictures of the celebration did not go down well with Real Madrid’s captains” Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos, Marca wrote on Monday.
Cristiano Ronaldo hosted teammates including second-choice goalkeeper Keylor Navas, defender Pepe, Fabio Coentrao, Luka Modric, Sami Khedira and James Rodriguez, who recently had foot surgery, newspapers reported.
Participants including Colombian singer Kevin Roldan, who was invited to entertain guests at the party, posted photographs on social networks of Cristiano Ronaldo and various grinning teammates.
“The online social networks were on fire with fierce criticism from fans,” reported Madrid sports newspaper AS.
Disgruntled Twitter users even generated a special hashtag, #lafiestadeladeshonra, or “party of disgrace”.
“It was a trending topic all day from 12:00 pm,” AS said.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes told Cadena SER radio station on Sunday he himself was “very annoyed” by the photographs.
“When there is an event that is totally private and then you see someone is leaking pictures of it, clearly you get annoyed,” Mendes said.
The agent said the player was “gutted at the defeat” — a claim echoed by other figures close to Cristiano Ronaldo, including Chelsea and former Real manager Jose Mourinho.
“People spent the first two hours of the party encouraging him because he was sad about the defeat,” Mendes said.
Got a news tip/information for us? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow us on Twitter @thesheetng and Facebook at facebook.com/thesheet.