Miami: Cristiano Ronaldo hit back at critical former boss Jose Mourinho in the best way possible on Wednesday with two goals to help Real Madrid beat Chelsea 3-1 and win the International Champions Cup pre-season tournament.
Mourinho, who moved from the Bernabeu to Stamford Bridge in June, gave an interview last weekend which was taken as a slight towards the Real forward in the Spanish media. Ronaldo had declined to engage in a slanging match with his fellow Portuguese off the pitch but on it had a big say in Real winning the eight-team exhibition tournament that has rotated around the US.
Marcelo put the Spanish team on the scoreboard early at Sun Life Stadium in Miami with a strike from the edge of the box in the 14th minute.
Chelsea responded just two minutes later through Brazilian Ramires to level the scores at 1-1 but from then on the tournament final was the Ronaldo show. One of his trademark free kicks in the 31st minute put Real back in front and his header from midfielder Isco’s cross 12 minutes after halftime completed the scoring.
The victory maintained new coach Carlo Ancelotti’s 100 per cent record in pre-season warm up games to date.
“We played beautiful football,” Ronaldo said. “The team played fantastic,” Ronaldo said. “This is what we are looking for. We are getting better.”
“He’s a great player,” Mourinho said of Ronaldo after the match. “If he scores goals, that is not news. If he doesn’t score goals, that would be news.”