Samuel support for Ronaldo
By Patricio Figueroa
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Walter Samuel has launched a staunch defence of his Real team-mate Ronaldo.Walter Samuel has launched a staunch defence of his Real Madrid team-mate Ronaldo.
The Brazilian striker is enduring a barren run in front of goal and has been heavily criticised by fans and pundits in recent weeks.
He had an altercation with Real supporters during the recent victory over Malaga, while his World Cup performances for Brazil have not been well received.
But Samuel believes Ronaldo is still the best in the world and is confident his Real colleague can overcome the doubters to recapture his form.
"Ronaldo is very well and he is the number one in the world," affirmed Samuel. "I don't understand why he has so many critics.
"Anyway he handles that problem very well because he has a lot of experience in football.
"In my opinion he is the best. When you have him in front of you, you never know what he is going to do."
Meanwhile, Samuel is determined to force his way back into the Argentina national squad after being overlooked by coach Jose Pekerman.
The centre half is anxious to prove to Pekerman that he is worthy of a place in the team and wonders why he is currently being ostracised.
He added: "I have received a clear message. He has called up 33 players and not me, maybe he thinks that I am not okay.
"The coach must have his reasons for not calling me up to the team.
"I analyse what I am doing in my team and maybe he thinks that I am not doing well enough and will not be useful for him.
"The national team is a dream for any player. I always make a big effort to be there but I have to respect the decision of the coach."