The star of the Portuguese national team and the Manchester United team, Cristiano Ronaldo, accused the Glazers family, which owns the English club, of not paying attention to the sporting aspect of the team.
Ronaldo’s statements made headlines, as he said on a television program that he felt “betrayed” in the club, and other parts of the television interview were broadcast on Monday night.
“Manchester United has become a marketing club, getting money from marketing,” he said.
“It will be difficult for Manchester United to rise to the top of the game in the next two or three years.”
The 37-year-old, who has only scored one goal for his team this season, said, “The Glazers, who own the club, do not care about the club, in terms of professional sports.”
He added that he had not met anyone from the family, which took over the club in 2005.
And Manchester United issued a single statement saying, “The club has seen the media coverage of Cristiano Ronaldo’s interview, and it is considering a response after confirming all the information.”
“Our focus is currently on preparing for the second half of the season, and continuing the momentum, self-confidence and solidarity that is strengthening between the players, coach, staff and fans.”
Manchester United has not won any title since winning the Europa League Cup in 2017, and fans have staged a number of protests against the Glazers’ management of the club.
The Portuguese star said, “The fans are always right. They must know the truth. The players want the best for the team, and I want the best for the team. That’s why I came to this club, and that’s why I love this club.”
“There are things within the club that don’t help Manchester United reach the level that Manchester City, Liverpool, and now Arsenal are at. It’s complicated and difficult.”
Neville and Ronnie are not my friends
Ronaldo was asked, in the Sunday part of the interview, if he was angered by the criticism he was subjected to by his former colleague, Wayne Rooney, who is now the coach of DC United.
His response was: “Maybe because he ended his football career in the thirties, and I still play at a high level. I am not saying that my appearance now is better than his appearance, and this is true, but…”.
In the Monday portion of the interview he talks about another former colleague, Gary Neville.
Ronaldo recently ignored the former United defender, who works as a football analyst, on Sky News.
“It’s hard to hear such negative criticism from people who’ve played you, like Gary Neville, they’re not my friends.”
“Criticism is easy. I don’t know if it’s their job on TV to criticize for fame. Really, I don’t get it.”
“I think they’re taking advantage of my fame, they’re not stupid. It’s hard to see people in the locker room with you criticizing like that.”
What happened before?
In the earlier part of the interview, Ronaldo, who earns £500,000-a-week, claimed “they wanted to make him leave the club” and that he had no respect for the manager, Erik ten Hag.
Ronaldo scored 118 goals for Manchester United from 2003 to 2009, and the team’s fans celebrated his return in the summer of 2021. But it seems that he angered a wide segment of them in the TV interview, which will be broadcast in full this week.
The World Cup occupies “all the attention” of Ronaldo
Ronaldo is currently in Qatar with the Portuguese national team, as he seeks to add the world championship title to his record, after winning the European title in 2016.
In contrast to his situation at the club, the national team’s circumstances are different, and Ed says the players are “united” to venture into a tough group with Uruguay, South Korea and Ghana.
And he posted a picture of him on Instagram with Manchester United player Diego Dalo, Wolverhampton goalkeeper Jose Sa, veteran BB and Paris Saint-Germain player Vitenha.
And he wrote a comment saying: “Total and complete focus on working in the national team. A group united for one goal, which is to fulfill the dream of all Portuguese.”
Portugal’s national team facilitates its campaign in the World Cup finals against Ghana on Thursday, November 24.
As for Manchester United, it will play its next match on December 21, in the 16th round of the English Professional Clubs Cup, against Burnley.