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Ronaldo accused of ''leg breaking tackle'' by Silva

November 21, 2008
By Soccernet staff

Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of trying to break a Brazilian player's leg after his Portugal side were beaten 6-2 by the South American side on Wednesday night.

APRonaldo quarrels with the Brazilian players.

Ronaldo had several run-ins with the Brazil players, particularly Thiago Silva who refused the Manchester United playmaker's hand after one nasty challenge in the closing stages.

The 24-year-old defender said: "I don't accept his apology. He has the cheek to say I jumped over his tackle. But if I did not jump he would have broken my leg.

"Being considered the best player in the world, he must have more respect. It is difficult to accept what he did.

"He is a little [naughty], yes. But that is football. And we need to know to deal with it. He was nervous because he couldn't create anything."

Real Madrid full-back Marcelo was also left fuming at the antics of Ronaldo, claiming the Portuguse winger caught him with a stray arm at one point.

"Ronaldo was out of order and a bigmouth," he said. "He elbowed me off the ball, then tried to have a shouting match about it."

Earlier this week, Ronaldo joked that he was so good he could fill the first three places in the Fifa Player of the Year awards, but his time in Brazil finished on a sour note as the game came to a close.

Brazil ran the show in the convincing win, which included a Luis Fabiano hat-trick and it was a relief for under-fire coach Dunga, whose team had failed to score in five of their last seven games.

Elano, who also found the net, was quick to rub further salt into Ronaldo's wounds ahead of the Manchester derby at Eastlands next week.

He said: "Cristiano Ronaldo scores big goals and does excellent exhibitions but for me I would choose Kaka as the world's number one.

"We certainly overcame Portugal in this duel and I will always help Kaka to overcome Ronaldo."