The height of this issue has raised so high that club captain Sergio Ramos is reportedly using former Tottenham Hotspur duo Gareth Bale and Luka Modric as pawns in a dressing room power struggle against talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.
A report in Spanish outlet Diario Gol states the relationship between Ronaldo and Ramos has reached an ugly chapter, and that the Spaniard wants to become the most influential player in the squad.
The duo concerned here has enjoyed a successful relationship since many years, and both have contributed immensely to Los Blancos winning major trophies. But now, there have been some issues that aren’t doing them a world of good.
It is reported that the dressing room of the club is split into three main factions. Ronaldo is said to have the likes of his faithful friends in Marcelo, Casemiro, Keylor Navas, Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane.
Until the summer, the trio of outgoing players in James Rodriguez, Pepe, and Fabio Coentrao too, were believed to be in his group. Ronaldo was stated to be unhappy with the club allowing them to leave the Spanish capital.
Meanwhile, Ramos is said to be leading a Spanish group that includes players such as Lucas Vazquez, Nacho, Isco, Marco Asensio, Theo Hernández, Marcos Llorente, Dani Ceballos, and Jesus Vallejo.
There is also a third group that isn’t engulfed in any ego issues, and it consists of the likes of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Mateo Kovacic.
Ramos is said to have invited Modric for a dinner in order to assure him of a place in the side in the coming years. It is widely expected that Ronaldo might leave Bernabeu in the near future alongside Benzema, and therefore, there is an interest from the defender to lure in Modric in his side to isolate the Portuguese.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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