New Delhi: Cristiano Ronaldo's former team-mate at Manchester United, Bebe came to his rescue after the Real Madrid superstar was sent-off at Corboda on Saturday.
The three-time Ballon d'Or winner failed to control his emotions during Madrid's hard fought 2-1 win at lowly Corboda. He was sent off with seven minutes remaining in the match and the score still tied at 1-1. Gareth Bale scored from the spot minutes before regulation time to maintain Madrid's lead in the title fight.
Portuguese forward Bebe, who spent four years at Old Trafford, said that Ronaldo had apologised to Edimar and the rest of the Cordoba team.
"Cristiano has already apologised. It’s something that could have happened to anyone. It’s happened to me and to many other players that I know," Bebe was quoted by AS.
On loan at Corboda from Benfica, Bebe also hailed Ronaldo as the best ever player, besides being a good human being.
"I know Cristiano from our time at Manchester United. He’s a good friend and good person. He’s the best ever and what happened could have happened to anyone at such a tense moment in the game," he emphasised.
Yesterday, Ronaldo kicked Corboda defender Edimar before slapping the Brazilian on the face to earned a direct red card from referee Alejandro Hernandez on the 82nd minute. Couple of minutes earlier, he also seemed to have punched defender Jose Angel Crespo as the players tussled for a long ball inside the Corboda box.
It was world's best player's ninth career red card and fourth in La Liga. As a consequence of this sending off, he may miss the crucial Madrid derby against Atletico on February 7. A three-match ban is mandatory for a red-card. The European champions' next three league games are against Real Sociedad on January 31, Sevilla on February 5 – both at home, and the fixture at Vicente Calderon.