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Real Madrid is Humble and Great – Solari Responds to Cristiano Ronaldo

“Humility is a virtue of the greats,” Santiago Solari said as he disputed Cristiano Ronaldo’s statement that Real Madrid was a club that lacked humility.

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Updated:December 12, 2018, 5:59 PM IST
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Real Madrid is Humble and Great – Solari Responds to Cristiano Ronaldo
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“Humility is a virtue of the greats,” Santiago Solari said as he disputed Cristiano Ronaldo’s statement that Real Madrid was a club that lacked humility.

Solari, who took over as the coach of the 13-time European champions after Julen Lopetegui was shown the door, believes no one can judge the superstar forward.

“Humility is the virtue of the greatest and at Real Madrid, in the dressing room, they are all humble and great.”

“That is why, and more so for its values, this club has won so much. Cristiano will be ours forever, he is a living history of Real Madrid. His feelings belong to him and no one can judge them,” Solari said ahead of Real’s Champions League encounter against CSKA Moscow.

Ronaldo, who joined Juventus for €100 million in July, left the Santiago Bernabeu after scoring close to 500 goals and winning 16 trophies including four UEFA Champions League titles.

“I have a lot of respect for Cristiano," Real Madrid right-back Alvaro Odriozola added. "He has given a lot for this club but that is in the past. This is a family and what has most surprised me is the humility of all my teammates and the hunger and work done by everyone on a daily basis.”

Real Madrid are currently are fourth in La Liga and have 26 points from 15 games. In the Champions League, Real is already through to the round of 16, and will look to finish the first round on a high.

Earlier in the week Ronaldo told Gazzetta dello Sport that the club was is "more humble and more of a family than Madrid."

“It isn't right to name someone specific but I can say that this is the best group in which I've played,” Ronaldo said.

“Here, we are a squad, elsewhere, some players feel bigger than the others. Instead, here, everyone is on the same level, they are humble and want to win.

“If [Paulo] Dybala or [Mario] Mandzukic don't score, they are still happy and you see them smile.

“For me, it is beautiful, to feel that difference. Also at Madrid they are humble, but here I feel that sense more.

“It's very different to Madrid, here it is more of a family.”

| Edited by: Suyash Upadhyaya
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