Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho are set for a reunion next season following Tuesday afternoon’s breaking news.
Serie A club AS Roma announced that Mourinho will become their new manager from the start of next season, just over two weeks after he was relieved of his duties by Tottenham.
Ronaldo, who is playing his football at Juventus, is now set to come head-to-head with his former boss in the Italian top-flight during the 2021/22 campaign.
The two global superstars have had somewhat of a frosty relationship in the past following their work together at Real Madrid.
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Mourinho spent three seasons in the Spanish capital and in that time, he lifted a La Liga title and a Copa del Rey.
It saw him work with Ronaldo, his Portuguese countryman, but the pair did clash during their time at Los Blancos.
That’s according to former Spurs midfielder Luka Modric, who opened up on Mourinho and Ronaldo’s relationship in his autobiography last year.
Modric said: “I was surprised by Mourinho’s reaction. We were winning 2-0 in the Copa del Rey.
“Ronaldo did not chase the rivals on his throw-in and Jose was furious with Cristiano.
“The two fought for a long time on the field. After returning to the locker room at half-time, I saw Ronaldo desperate, on the verge of tears.
“He said, ‘I do my best and he continues to criticise me.’
“Mourinho came in and began to criticise the Portuguese for his responsibility during the game.
“They became so hot that only the intervention of the team-mates avoided a real fight between them.”
This isn’t the only time the pair have clashed. Back in 2016, Ronaldo inspired Portugal to win the European Championships.
However, the former Manchester United forward still received criticism from Mourinho, who claimed the attacker’s touchline antics…