Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (2nd L) looks at the referee showing a yellow card to him during the Spanish league football match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid CF at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, on November 19, 2016.
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Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo delivered an ice-cold response after allegedly being abused by Atletico’s midfielder, Koke.
The Portuguese superstar stole the show with a sensational hat-trick in Saturday’s highly-charged Calderon clash as Los Blancos extended their lead at the top of La Liga to four points, The Sun reports.
But Ronaldo’s best performance so far this season was almost soured when he squared up to Spain international, Koke, in the second half.
The pair were each booked for the flare-up, which saw both stars clash heads and exchange words.
Television viewers even claimed that the Bernabeu icon threw a punch at the Atletico ace in the incident.
And, according to Cadena Cope, the fuse was lit when Koke called Ronaldo a “f****t”, to which the three-time Ballon d’Or winner allegedly replied: “A f****t, yes. But a rich one, b******.”
The Spanish radio station claims to have heard the conversation Ronaldo, 31, had with teammates in the visitor’s changing room after the game.
Ronaldo’s treble took his tally to eight goals in nine La Liga games so far this season.
He also overtook the legendary Alfredo Di Stefano as the top goalscorer in Madrid derby history by incredibly notching his 18th strike in the fixture.
Ronaldo — who unveiled his new ‘Thinker’ celebration in the clash, much to the delight of Twitter users — has seen his sexuality be a hot topic of debate in the past.
The former Manchester United star, who has a six-year-old son Cristiano Jr, was last year rumoured to be in a gay relationship with Moroccan kickboxer, Badr Hari.
A French television host claimed Ronaldo was flying to North Africa “four times a week after training” for “cuddles” with his close friend.
Ronaldo previously dated Victoria’s Secret model Irina Shayk, who is now dating actor Bradley Cooper.
• Culled from cdn.newsapi.com.au