Pep Guardiola made Cristiano Ronaldo feelings clear with brutal snub and sarcastic apology
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Throughout Pep Guardiola and Cristiano Ronaldo's careers the duo have been professional rivals.
This peaked from 2009 to 2012 when Guardiola was at Barcelona and Ronaldo was plying his trade with the club's bitter rivals Real Madrid.
There is no doubt the duo have a mutual respect for one another and what the other has achieved in the sport they both love.
But it is fair to say that they haven't always shown this at times, and there have been more than a few occasions where Guardiola has made his disdain known.
Here we look at five examples that sum up what Guardiola thinks of Ronaldo.
Pep Guardiola and Cristiano Ronaldo in 2010
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We start with an incident that occurred all the way back in January 2013, during the Ballon d'Or ceremony for 2012.
The event was packed to the rafters with the greatest footballers and managers on the planet at the time, which of course included both Ronaldo and Guardiola.
A clip from the night showed Ronaldo walking through the rows of seats to find where he was sitting for the ceremony.
His route took him past Guardiola, who he touched on the shoulder and then held out his hand for the then Barcelona boss to shake.
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Guardiola is seen turning around, looking Ronaldo in the eye, and then swiftly turning back around to face forward.
It's unclear whether he saw Ronaldo's outstretched hand, but what is clear is he didn't acknowledge the Portuguese in any way, shape or form.
The clip concludes with Ronaldo walking away looking bemused.
After four years at Barcelona, and a short sabbatical, Guardiola became Bayern Munich boss, and spent three years in Germany.
In his final season at the club, Guardiola guided Bayern to the semi-final of the Champions League at the expense of Benfica.
Ronaldo, who started his career with Benfica's bitter rivals Sporting Lisbon, was hoping to see the Portuguese team progress so that he could face off against them with Real.
And Guardiola couldn't help but sarcastically apologise for knocking them out of the competition, saying: "I know Cristiano wanted Benfica in the semi-final. I'm sorry for him.
Guardiola couldn't help but poke fun at Ronaldo in a Bayern Munich press conference
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"Benfica are a strong team who were without several important players. The same thing happened to us last season.
"We controlled the game but [Raul Jimenez's] goal put us in difficulty. Arturo Vidal's goal helped a lot and we controlled the game without too many problems."
Ronaldo would have the last laugh on this occasion though as Real Madrid went on to win the Champions League that season, beating Atletico – who dispatched Bayern in the semis – in the final at the San Siro.
It's not unusual for a manger to rate his player over an individual from another club, but it's rare when a boss suggests he has a talent better than Ronaldo.
But that's exactly what Guardiola did in 2019 when he labelled Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva Portugal's "biggest star".
"He is the biggest star already, he already has everything," Guardiola said.
"He is a lovely person. He never makes a bad face. He’s the guy in the locker room who is most loved.
"He is very talented. He can play in three or four positions.
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"I think, this season, he is one of the best players in the Premier League. He is a joy for a manager. I am a lucky guy to have Bernardo in my hands, in every training session and every game.
"I love him. Simple as that."
Silva, although no doubt flattered by his manager's praise, had a slightly more humble approach when discussing Ronaldo.
Silva told AS: "Taking Cristiano's place is impossible. Nobody is going to do that.
"I'm going to try and always keep improving so I can do the best I can for Portugal and my club – helping my country and team to win everything possible."
More aggressive without him
Ronaldo left Real Madrid for Juventus in 2018, prompting comment from managers, players and pundits around the globe.
Guardiola was of course asked for his say, and admitted Ronaldo's absence would have a profound effect on Real Madrid; namely, they'd have to find a new goalscorer quickly.
However, Guardiola also suggested the La Liga giants would be more aggressive without the Portuguese in their ranks.
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"Ronaldo, like Messi, is a guy who scores 50 or 60 goals a season," said Guardiola.
"Any team can suffer a little bit if they leave. But it is now their second season without him and Madrid are playing at a good level.
"I have seen their games and there are things they did not do before. They press forward and they don't wait.
"They are incredibly aggressive with the quality of the players they have."
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As aforementioned, Ronaldo and Guardiola have been rivals throughout their careers, so it's hardly surprising there has been tension between them.
But as also earlier mentioned, the duo do have a great mutual respect for one another, which Guardiola proved in 2019 when highlighting the danger Ronaldo and Juve posed to his Manchester City side in the Champions League.
"We [Barca] won two [Champions Leagues], but I lost seven. So I am not Real Madrid. Madrid is out, but there's still Juventus," said Gaurdiola.
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"These guys take Cristiano Ronaldo – they go there to win the Champions League with Juventus.
"He has all the pressure on his shoulders, he scores three versus Atletico Madrid and they go through. That is the type of guy you face to achieve the next stages.
"We are going to try. If it doesn't work, I am sorry but I assure you next season we are going to try. This competition is tough."
Guardiola also previously said of Ronaldo: "He's an incredible player, not only for his goals but also assists in important moments, he is irreplaceable."
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