Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 9/17/12
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Real Madrid are facing a stern test on Tuesday against the reigning Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City Tuesday night (live, FOX Soccer, 2:30 p.m. ET). After a start that has seen the giants collect just four points in four games, the subplot to the match is the form - and mood - of the team's talisman Cristiano Ronaldo. Simply put: Ronaldo is "sad." Why is open to conjecture. Ronaldo has it all; looks, money and a trophy or two to boot. And yet, the superstar's mental agitation became known to Madrid supporters when he stopped for reporters in the Santiago Bernabeu mixed zone after the 3-0 home win over Granada two weekends ago to say that he felt "sad" for "professional reasons" which he was not prepared to share. According to various reports, Cristiano Ronaldo had told Madrid president Florentino Perez he did not feel supported or valued by the club, and wanted to leave. A TV pundit claimed the player had been in tears after the game. The Iberian rumor mill has b...
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