Cristiano Ronaldo's teammates were surprised to learn their star player is unhappy at Real Madrid, as speculation continued about the Portugal forward's future at the club.
Ronaldo said Sunday he was ''sad'' for professional reasons he said the club was aware of, but the former world player of the year would not elaborate.
Madrid teammate Alvaro Arbeloa says Ronaldo's statement surprised the team but ''we're a family so we have to help him. I don't think money is the problem.''
Arbeloa says Ronaldo ''doesn't have the problems that the majority of Spaniards do but it's perfectly reasonable that he's sad.''
Xabi Alonso says Ronaldo ''is how he is.''
Ronaldo remained the talking point in Spain as media speculated whether he was referring to contract talks or problems with his teammates.