Blatter under fire for remarks on Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) and Real Madrid have responded angrily to comments from FIFA president Sepp Blatter that appeared to mock the Real and Portugal forward.

Blatter was asked at the Oxford University Union in England on Friday for his opinion on Ronaldo and Barcelona's World Player of the Year Lionel Messi.

The Swiss said they were both exceptional players but added that, unlike Messi, Ronaldo resembled "a commander on the field of play". He then rose from his chair and strutted on the stage in military fashion in apparent imitation of the Portuguese.

"One (Ronaldo) has more expenses for the hairdresser than the other but that doesn't matter," he added to widespread laughter. "I cannot say who is the best, there will again be a contest this year — I like both of them but I prefer Messi."

The last player to land the World Player award in 2008 before Argentine Messi won four in a row, Ronaldo posted a link to a video of Blatter's comments and a heavily ironic response on his Facebook page on Tuesday.

"This video shows clearly the respect and consideration that FIFA has for me, for my club and my country," Ronaldo wrote. "Much is explained now. I wish Mr Blatter health and a long life, with the certainty that he will continue to witness, as he deserves, the successes of his favourite teams and players."

FPF president Fernando Gomes described Blatter's remarks as "unfit and inappropriate". "It was with surprise I watched and analysed the words of Sepp Blatter about the captain of our national team," Gomes said in a statement.

"I think the comments ... show a clear lack of respect both towards Ronaldo and Portugal, a country that lives its football intensely." Gomes also said it was "inappropriate" that only a few days before Ronaldo was nominated as a candidate for FIFA's World Player award on Tuesday, the head of soccer's governing body expressed a preference for Messi, who is also a candidate.

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