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Blatter's Ronaldo comments upset Real

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has written to Sepp Blatter to complain about comments the FIFA chief made about Blancos attacker Cristiano Ronaldo.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter prefers Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter prefers Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo.

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A video of Blatter apparently belittling Ronaldo as an on-pitch 'commander', who also spends a lot of money on hair products, was highlighted in the Spanish media on Tuesday.

Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti told his post-training press conference that neither he nor Perez were amused at what they had seen, and this sentiment had been expressed in a letter to the sport’s world governing body.

"I am aware that our president has sent a letter to FIFA," Ancelotti said. "It is a lack of respect for a very serious and very professional player. I am with the president on this."

The Italian coach said he had not spoken about the issue with Ronaldo at training on Tuesday, but the player had concentrated seriously and professionally on his work as he always does.

"I did not speak [to Cristiano] about this," Ancelotti said. "He trained very well as always. I believe he shows in all his games that he is a great player. Serious, professional and respectful to everyone. He must continue as he is and nothing else."

Blatter’s comments came when he was asked whether he preferred Ronaldo or Lionel Messi during a talk with students at the Oxford Union Society -- and got up from his chair to march across the podium in apparent mimicry of Ronaldo’s playing or running style.

"Messi is a good boy that every father and mother would like to have at home," he said. "Really, he is a good man, he is very fast and he is not exuberant, he is playing well, he is dancing, he is a kind man, really good, a good boy. The other one [Ronaldo] is like a commander on the field of play… yeah that’s it.

"One has more expenses for the hairdresser than the other, but that does not matter. I cannot say who is the best. The [Ballon d’Or 2013] list will be published and then the public will make their choice. I like both of them, but I prefer Messi."

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