The ex-Barcelona star feels Real Madrid should sell the forward as his determination to match his Argentine rival is holding him back.
Hristo Stoichkov believes Cristiano Ronaldo’s obsession with Lionel Messi is holding the team back and Real Madrid should cash in on him.
“I don’t know if they are short of money,” Stoichkov told Sportium. “If they are, it’s a good moment to sell him.”
While the Portuguese star has scored 41 goals in 39 games in all competitions for Madrid this season, he has had a dip in form since the start of 2015, having scored two in the last seven Liga matches.
The attacker has come under a lot of criticism in recent weeks and even decided not to celebrate Gareth Bale’s goal against Levante on Sunday. Stoichkov believes Ronaldo’s attitude will begin to hinder his teammates.
“You can never get angry because a teammate has scored and not celebrating is to commit suicide as a teammate, because then you are worth nothing and you are worth nothing to your team,” Stoichkov said.
The Bulgarian legend also thinks Ronaldo’s determination to be seen as a better player than Messi is having a negative effect on his performances and those of the team.
“You can’t doubt the quality of either Ronaldo or Messi. Messi is where he should be and Cristiano is going through a difficult time, but all players go through rough patches,” he added. “I was whistled as well in my time. It’s up to the coach to make decisions and to speak to the player.
“Maybe the obsession with Messi is affecting him, but I’m not inside his head,” Stoichkov said. “Messi motivates his teammates and if Ronaldo doesn’t score it affects his team.”