Ronaldo has revealed that he felt “betrayed” by Manchester United in an explosive interview with Piers Morgan
The megastar believes that the club is attempting to force him out and making him feel like a “black sheep,” saying on Piers Morgan Uncensored on TalkTV: “Not only the coach, but the other two or three guys surrounding the club.”
When Piers Morgan questioned if he believes senior executives at Manchester United are attempting to get rid of him, Ronaldo responded:
“Honestly, I shouldn’t say that……don’t know.…….But listen I don’t care, I’m always… People should listen to the truth. Yes, I feel betrayed and I feel that some people don’t want me here, not only this year but last year, too.”
The former Real Madrid hero, who is going through “the most difficult phase of his life,” reportedly slammed manager Erik ten Hag, according to The Sun :
“I don’t have respect for him because he doesn’t show respect for me. If you don’t have respect for me, I’m never gonna have respect for you. If you don’t have respect for me, I’m never gonna have respect for you.”
Ex-teammate Wayne Rooney, a recent critic of his, has also felt his wrath, as he added: as he added: “I don’t know why he criticises me so badly. Probably because he finished his career and I’m still playing at high level. I’m not going to say that I’m looking better than him. Which is true.”
Ronaldo has endured a rollercoaster season with the Red Devils, although his desire to depart in the January transfer window remains.
The Portugal captain, who will compete in his fifth World Cup later this month, was recently suspended and fined in the region of £1 million for leaving a match early after refusing to come in as a late substitution at the request of Ten Hag.
The 37-year-old has missed United’s last two games due to illness, having last played for Ten Hag’s side in their humiliating 4-2 loss to Aston Villa last Sunday. Ronaldo did not come to west London this weekend, when Manchester United defeated Fulham 2-1, as the Premier League is now paused for six weeks due to the World Cup in Qatar.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner expressed his intention to leave the club privately before United’s pre-season tour began in July, but this is the first time he’s gone public with his views, excepting a telling Instagram message written back in August that attacked media reports around his future.
“They know the truth when they interview in a couple of weeks,” Ronaldo wrote this before the summer transfer window closed with him still unsigned “The media is telling lies. I have a notebook and in the last few months of the 100 news I made, only 5 were right. Imagine how it is. Stick with that tip.”
Ronaldo was first interviewed by Morgan for Good Morning Britain while he was playing for his former club Juventus. It was one of the Portuguese’s most personal conversations within the public eye, opening up on the death of his father when he was only 20 years old, his family life and deep-rooted career ambitions.
Back in April, he and his partner Georgina lost their baby son during childbirth, a heartbreaking event in which the boy’s twin sister survived.
He found the strength to play again, fueled in part by the incredible support he received from fans of rival teams like Liverpool, when the crowd sung You’ll Never Walk Alone in the seventh minute (Ronaldo wears No 7 on his shirt) of their next home game.
He admits: “I never expected to see that.” He and Georgina also received a personal note of condolence from the Royal Family, which amazed and touched him in equal measure.
Shockingly, he was less well supported by his club who he accuses of a lack of “empathy”, especially when his three-month-old daughter was hospitalised in July, and he could not return on time for pre-season training because he wanted to stay with her.
Ronaldo says senior executives at Old Trafford even doubted him when he explained why he couldn’t return, which made him feel “hurt” and “bad”.
It was just over 14 months ago that Ronaldo sensationally re-signed for Manchester United in a comeback story that stunned and enthralled the world of football.
He was on his way to Manchester City when his great mentor and father figure, Sir Alex Ferguson,, personally appealed to him to return to where it all started.
“I followed my heart,” he says simply, tapping his chest. “He (Sir Alex) said to me, ‘It’s impossible for you to come to Manchester City’, and I said, ‘OK, Boss’.”
Ronaldo And Piers Morgan Interview Points Culled below
“I feel betrayed by Man United” because I feel that some people didn’t want me at Manchester United, not only this year but last season too”.
“Manchester United tried to force me out. Not only the manager, but also the other guys who are around the club. I felt betrayed”.
“I don’t know why Rooney criticizes me so badly probably because he finished his career and I’m still laying at high level. I’m not going to say that I’m looking better than him. which is true.
“If you’re not even a coach how are you (Ralf Rangnick) going to be the boss of Manchester United ? I’d never even heard of him
“I don’t have respect for Erik ten Hag because he doesn’t show respect for me. it’s simple”