Ancelotti loves Cristiano Ronaldo; Beckham and Kaká got hurt feelings (probably)

Prior to yesterday’s close call at Ludogorets, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti called Cristiano Ronaldo the best player he’s ever coached. Most fans weren’t too surprised. Many of them consider Ronaldo the best player in the world.

The more alarming responses may have come from some of Ancelotti’s most famous players – stars he’s been fortunate enough to mentor during his 20-year coaching career.

  • David Beckham was on his phone within minutes, seeking assurance he still out-ranked Ronaldo by one measure:

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  • Fernando Torres aimed several harsh insults in Ancelotti’s direction, but predictably missed his target each time.
  • Gareth Bale started crying, having watched a video of Cristiano crying and hoping to emulate his hero’s path to greatness.
  • Kaká immediately ordered one of his favorite shirts be changed, shifting the focus back to his true hero:Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da
  • All the while, Zlatan Ibrahimovic stood indignantly, listening to a reporter explain why he should give a damn. “Stop your story. Zlatan doesn’t care.”

Asked for his thoughts, a laconic Ronaldo insisted was too moved to respond, handing out pre-autographed copies of his favorite photo as proof:

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