Cristiano Ronaldo just made a power play.
After scoring his 61st goal of the 2014-15 season, the Portuguese underwear magnate took to the Twitter box to say some real words about his coach, Carlo Ancelotti.
Ancelotti’s job security has been the subject of much speculation as the season’s progressed. The Italian, in his second year at Madrid, has had a terrible season by Madrid standards. That’s because of all the meaningful trophies he’s won. Let’s count them together.
That’s correct. There’s nothing to count. Ancelotti’s 2014-15 reign has overseen a Champions League semifinal exit, a second place La Liga finish, and a Round of 16 ousting by Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid in the Copa del Rey. On numbers alone, reasonable or not, zero is a fireable offense at Real Madrid. At least that’s what the history book suggests.
Two years ago, Ancelotti’s predecessor Jose Mourinho left Madrid in one of them ol‘ “by mutual consent” situations. Mourinho was also trophy-less during the 2012-13 season. Under the Special One’s stewardship, Madrid was jettisoned from the Champions League by Borussia Dortmund in the semifinals, came in second in La Liga, and lost to Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid in the Copa del Rey final.
By the numbers, Ancelotti should die.
But Cristiano is speaking up. That’s something he had no interest in doing for Mourinho. Will that matter? Will it help save Ancelotti’s Madrid life? Who knows? But if Ancelotti somehow finds himself looking mopey while pacing back and forth along the Madrid sideline next season, I’m just going to go ahead and credit Cristiano’s tweet, because I want to believe that the underwear mogul runs Real Madrid. And he might as well. He can’t be any worse than whatshisface.