sport news Mesut Ozil claims critics of Cristiano Ronaldo as 'just want attention' trends now
After having his Manchester United contract terminated by mutual consent last month, Ronaldo fell out with national team coach Fernando Santos and was dropped for their World Cup clash against Switzerland.
The 37-year-old has come under fire from managers, fans and pundits alike for his recent actions but Ozil has defended his former team-mate and claimed Ronaldo's critics 'just want to get attention'.
Cristiano Ronaldo has received criticism from managers, fans and pundits in recent weeks
Mesut Ozil (middle) jumped to the defence of his former Madrid team-mate on social media
In a post on social media, Ozil wrote: 'I really don't get where this constant negativity from the press about Cristiano comes from... The Media is just trying to get clicks, and pundits who don't have a career anymore just want to get attention with his big name and try to make him look bad...
'He is soon 38 years old - so what's the surprise that he doesn't score 50 goals a season anymore? Every football fan out there should be happy to have seen him playing world class football for 20 years
'I don't think anyone from the new generation will be able to match his numbers again. He will forever be in his own category. Everyone should show more respect to one of the greatest athletes in sports history.'
Ozil - who currently plays for Turkish side İstanbul Başakşehir - spent four years playing with Ronaldo before