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Agent defends Cristiano Ronaldo birthday celebrations

Cristiano Ronaldo was happy in the end. Credit: Reuters

Agent Jorge Mendes has defended Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo for celebrating his birthday just hours after a crushing 4-0 defeat to rivals Atletico Madrid.

The Portuguese forward was criticised after being pictured during a party to celebrate his 30th birthday.

He (Ronaldo) was very angry. Any player that loses a game and more so, Ronaldo, who is a great professional, who continues to be the best professional in the world, would be angry.

The fact is that his birthday party had been organised more than a month ago and he had family coming from abroad.

He didn't want to cancel out of respect for the people that came.

What is inadmissible is that somebody takes advantage of a private affair to release a video.

Ronaldo was devastated after the defeat and people spent two hours trying to cheer him up.

– Jorge Mendes speaking to Cadena Ser


Cristiano Ronaldo handed two match ban for lashing out at opponent

Flashpoint: Ronaldo appeared to kick out at Edimar. Credit: Reuters

Cristiano Ronaldo has received a two match ban from the Spanish FA after lashing out at Cordoba defender Edimar.

The Ballon d'Or winner appeared to kick out at the Brazilian with seven minutes remaining of last weekend's La Liga encounter.

He misses Madrid's upcoming encounters with Sociedad and Sevilla, but will be available to feature against Atletico Madrid on February 7th.

Ronaldo would have received a three match ban and missed the match at Vicente Calderon if the authorities had deemed his actions worthy of violent conduct.

Cristiano Ronaldo sorry after red card in Real Madrid win

Cristiano Ronaldo saw red literally and metaphorically. Credit: Reuters

Cristiano Ronaldo took to Twitter to apologise for his sending off in Real Madrid's 2-1 victory over Cordoba.

The Portuguese forward was dismissed after kicking out at opposition defender Edimar.

"I apologise to everyone and especially to Edimar for my thoughtless act in today's game," Ronaldo tweeted following the match.

Cristiano Ronaldo sent off in Real Madrid win

Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off. Credit: Reuters

Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off for lashing out but Gareth Bale scored a late penalty to give a ragged Real Madrid side all three points from a 2-1 win at Cordoba.

The European champions fell behind to a penalty scored by Nabil Ghilas in only the second minute of the game but Karim Benzema leveled later on in the first half.

Cordoba had a number of chances to retake the lead in the second half but wasted them all, and Bale snatched the winner from 12 yards in the 88th minute after his free-kick was handled by Fede Cartabia, who was also sent off.

Ronaldo could have seen red minutes before he was dismissed for punching defender Ivan Crespo but the incident went unnoticed by Hernandez. However, the referee was in no doubt the next time Ronaldo was involved in an altercation and brandished a straight red card at the Portuguese for kicking out at Cordoba defender Edimar.

Ronaldo was involved in an altercation with Edimar. Credit: Reuters
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