Rafa Benitez Opens Up on Cristiano Ronaldo Spat, Rates Star Above Lionel Messi

Rafa Benitez hasn't been in the Real Madrid hot seat long, but his every word and relationship with star player Cristiano Ronaldo are already being scrutinised by the press.

This was underlined on Wednesday, when television station Cuatro captured images of a clearly frustrated Ronaldo, as tweeted by AS:

The AS report suggests CR7 was also "livid" with Benitez's decision to disallow a goal of his during the practice session. However, the new boss moved quickly to play down the incident...

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