The former Los Blanco manager, seemed to belittle his compatriot, by mischievously describing the former Brazil, Inter Milan and Barcelona striker, who bears the same name, as the ‘real’ Ronaldo.
In an interview with ESPN, he said: “I was manager for the first time in 2000 but, before that, I was assistant in big clubs and with big managers and coaching the best players in the world, so I was 30 and I was coaching Ronaldo, not this one [Cristiano], the real one, the Brazilian Ronaldo.
“I was coaching Rivaldo, I was coaching [Luis] Figo, I was coaching [Pep] Guardiola, I was coaching big players when I was very, very young.
“So, at that time, I was not the manager, I was just an assistant but I was feeling that I had, in my hands, some potential and after that I start my career in the year 2000 and after four years I won my first Champions League and, after that, everything comes as a consequence.”
When Ronaldo was asked to comment on his former coach’s thoughts, he simply responded: “There are some things in life that don’t deserve any mention. This is one of those things and I won’t comment on it for obvious reasons. I always respect my coaches and try to learn from them.
“As we say in Portugal, “I don’t spit on the plate I eat on.” That’s how I feel. I prefer to try and remember the positive side [to Mourinho].”
However, he admitted he would love to win the game against the Blues.
“We are facing Chelsea, not their coach. Although it’s like any other game, we want to win,” he said.