Sergio Ramos rejects Cristiano Ronaldo's "opportunist opinion" regarding Real Madrid's struggles

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Real Madrid, the reigning UEFA Champions League and La Liga holders have made an indifferent start to the 2017-18 season and Ronaldo's found goals hard to come by, especially in domestic competitions.

Portugal superstar Ronaldo has since suggested the Galacticos' decision to sell the forward has proved the difference for the club this season but Ramos has shot down those claims.

"I disagree with Ronaldo about the squad being weaker, it feels like a heat-of-the-moment comment", Ramos told Cadena Ser.

Every goalscorer has lean spells, but it is unprecedented for so many - the world's leading strikers who have played in European Cup finals and been in the Ballon d'Or list year after year - to stop scoring at the same time.

While Cristiano Ronaldo has failed to reach the heights of previous campaigns and is suffering his version of a goal drought apparently the sharks have begun to circle.

In fact, the attacker's measly return of one goal in seven league matches is the worst start he has had since the 2005-06 season when he was still at Manchester United.

But Ramos said: "I don't agree that we were stronger [last season]".

Ex-Madrid captain Fernando Hierro declined to read too much into Ronaldo's current dip in form, saying he was sure he would be back among the goals soon.

Another excuse that hardly correlates is that Madrid simply chooses when to perform.

Will Ronaldo pip Messi to the Pichichi? All of the squad probably have their own opinion, maybe some are more affected by it than others, but we're not going to change the way Cris is at this stage.

Pepe won the Champions League three times and captured three La Liga crowns in 10 years at the Bernabeu before leaving this summer. "We know how to handle the way he is because, after all, he does so much for us throughout the season".

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