Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has warned Real Madrid fans to ‘think’ before they jeer Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese was jeered during their 2-0 Champions League victory over Roma on Tuesday night.
Ronaldo was jeered after missing a few chances during the 2-0 win over Roma, in which he scored the opening goal and laid on the assist for the second.
Ronaldo and his team-mates struggled to cope with their Italian opponents throughout the first half as head coach Luciano Spalletti set his side out to attack in the hope of overturning the 2-0 last-16 first leg deficit but their wastefulness in the final third cost them the chance progress to the quarter finals as they spurned the chance to go ahead on the night.
Ronaldo could have had more than one goal though, having missed a few chances in front of goal – one glaring opportunity saw him hold his head in his hands after he missed a one-on-one chance with Roma’s on-loan Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny from no more than 10 yards out.
Some fans in the Santiago Bernabeu were quick to turn on the 31-year-old – who took his season tally to the 40-goal mark – and booed him when he received the ball after the miss, much to the surprise of his team-mate Ramos.
“I would tell the fans to think a little first. I respect them but when things don’t go well they should support their players because we all want the best for Real Madrid.
“He’s a historic player for Real Madrid, he keeps proving that year after year, look at what he’s achieved.
“When the fans at the Bernabeu boo you it is because they want to transmit their demands to you, they want to push us and see the best performance from us,” Ramos told reporters after the match.
Ronaldo responded by breaking the deadlock to put Real on the path to victory, and helped complete the win by laying on the assist for Rodriguez to score just his sixth goal of the season.