Raphael Varane recalls quarrel he had with Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid

Raphael Varane recalls quarrel he had with Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid

Raphael Varane has opened up about having a spat with former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo for not calling him by his first name in training.

The Real Madrid defender claimed his approach to the Portuguese superstar was not disrespectful.

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"'Varane, go into the middle,'" Ronaldo is said to have barked, to which Varane claims he replied: "I'm not Varane, I'm Rapha!"

The France international insisted he was not disrespecting Ronaldo but showing a bit of character.

"It was not disrespectful," Varane told Onze Mondial. "I am super nice, I am great, even in the dressing room. I am also quite shy.

"But when there are difficult times or when you have to show your character, you can count on me. The players who have known me for a while know this.

"Of course, it's not the aspect of my character that you see the most or that you see first. It was not a matter of respect or disrespect, it was just a matter of, 'If I'm not seen, I'm not considered much.'

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"After that it was more like: 'Oh, I am also here, I also have a name.' It was more like that."

But the World Cup winner was quick to praise for his former colleague for his achievements.

"He's great, great, on a human level - and on a footballing level, I don't even have words anymore," Varane said.

"He's accomplished something extraordinary: he made his incredible achievements seem banal.

"And to do that…there are no words to explain it, it's huge, it's extraordinary. He taught me a lot and also surprised me. How many times have I said to myself: 'Wow, this is incredible.'"

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Tammy Abraham has become a shock target for Premier League champions Manchester City, reports claim.

The 22-year-old's current contract talks with Chelsea has been reportedly put on hold because of the striker's request for huge wage demands.

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