Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo believes that the game of football does not involve doping. He also insisted that he has not fallen out with coach with Jose Mourinho.
Former Real Sociedad president Inaki Badiola earlier claimed that the Basque side bought banned substances in order to enhance the performance of their side, during a six-year period between 2001 and 2007. However, Real Madrid attacker believes that performance-enhancing products will be useless in the game of football as it is a team game.
“It’s a very delicate situation, but I don’t think there is doping in football,” Cristiano Ronaldo was quoted as saying by AS.
“It’s a collective sport and I don’t think it’s necessary to resort to doping to improve your performances. But I can’t swear that no-one has done it.
“Is football a clean sport? Yes, 100 percent. I don’t think these types of things exist.”
Ronaldo earlier had a heated discussion with Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho after the match against Valencia, but the Portuguese international insisted that his relationship with his coach was absolutely fine.
“These kinds of things are personal. Everything’s been settled and is fine again. What happens in the dressing room should stay in the dressing room.”
Real Sociedad is currently placed eighth in the La Liga table, pushing for a spot in Europe. Reports claim that the club has denied the allegations of doping and is willing to participate in any investigations if required; while the doctor at the centre of the matter has declined to answer any questions.
The football world was not yet recovered from the massive-scale match-fixing investigations before this doping scandal was broken within a week, effecting the reputation of the game.
“The proceedings are being closely watched in Spain and beyond as anti-doping authorities are hopeful it may uncover evidence of illegal drug-taking in other sports.”