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Cristiano Ronaldo: "If we were all at my level maybe we would be leaders"

Published 2121 GMT (0521 HKT) February 27, 2016
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Cristiano Ronaldo offers his praise to a teammate during Saturday's defeat to crosstown rival Atletico Madrid. PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
But the Real Madrid star was less complimentary about his colleagues when speaking to reporters later. Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
"If we were all at my level, maybe we would be leaders," the Portuguese forward said in comments carried by the Press Association news agency. CURTO DE LA TORRE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
"I don't want to disrespect anyone, but when the best players aren't available it's harder to win. I like to play with Karim, with Bale, with Marcelo," Ronaldo continued Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
"I'm not saying the others like Lucas Vazquez, Jese (Rodriguez) and Mateo Kovacic are not good players. They are very good players, but it's not the same." Denis Doyle/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Atletico Madrid's French forward Antoine Griezmann scored the only goal of the game at the Santiago Bernabeu Saturday. PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Real Madrid's defender Sergio Ramos (L) later defended those who Ronaldo had subtly criticized, saying " I feel proud of every single teammate" CURTO DE LA TORRE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Real Madrid is now in third place in the La Liga standings, four points behind second placed Atletico and nine behind leader Barcelona, which has played a game less. PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/AFP/Getty Images