Real Madrid stars ​Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos were involved in a heated exchange during Sunday's 2-2 draw with Valencia.

It was result that signalled the end of Rafa Benitez's short tenure as manager and tensions were obviously high on the pitch.

With the game tied at 1-1 in the 63rd minute, Ramos appeared to take issue with his Portuguese teammate over a perceived lack of tracking back.

Ronaldo allegedly tells Ramos: "We need to play harder and faster…we’re just watching." To which the Madrid captain replies: "Yeah, you’re watching us - there’s three of you just standing up there!"

One of the three, Gareth Bale, put the visitors back in front with eight minutes remaining but Valencia hit back immediately through Paco Alcacer.

Benitez's tenure was shrouded in speculation that several high-profile members of his squad do not see eye-to-eye with either each other or the coach.

The Spaniard was finally axed less than 24 hours after Sunday's draw, which left Los Blancos four points off the top of La Liga, with Barcelona, who are two points ahead in second, retaining a game in hand on both them and leaders Atletico Madrid.

Castilla team boss Zinedine Zidane was sworn in as his replacement and one of his immediate tasks, it seems, will be to restore squad harmony.

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