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Ronaldo, Kaka mirror dysfunctional Madrid start

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal reacts after receiving an injury during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Granada at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012.
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal reacts after receiving an injury during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Granada at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012.
Andres Kudacki, Associated Press

MADRID — If Real Madrid's dysfunctional start to the season wasn't bewildering enough, star players Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka have fans scratching their heads even more.

Ronaldo has four goals in five games and helped the defending league champion edge bitter rival Barcelona for the Spanish Super Cup. Kaka hasn't played a single minute this season, even though Real only has one win in three league games.

Yet it's Ronaldo who's glum and Kaka who's cheerful.

Madrid fans were left bewildered by Ronaldo's admission of feeling "sad" after a two-goal performance on Sunday. The Portugal forward called it a "professional" problem that the club is aware of.

Kaka, meanwhile, insisted Monday he was happy at the club and called this season's challenges "a new chapter" representing a psychological test of his patience.

Coach Jose Mourinho needs solutions after saying his the team showed "little ambition, little intensity."