Veteran Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo made fiery statements in a television interview in which he attacked his club and coach Eric Ten Hag and complained of being “betrayed”, which paves the way for his departure after the World Cup in Qatar.
Ronaldo returned to United for a second term at Old Trafford from Juventus in August 2021 with a two-year contract, after he contributed to the team winning eight major titles between 2003-2009.
The Portuguese star may have played his last game with United already after missing the 2-1 win over Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday.
A few hours after the match, he said in an interview with journalist Piers Morgan on TalkTV on Sunday: I feel betrayed and that there are people who don’t want me here, not only this year but last year as well, not only from the coach, but from two or three. People in the administration wanted me to leave.
Last month, Ronaldo refused to come on as a substitute against Tottenham Hotspur and walked towards the tunnel minutes before the end of the match after leaving the bench, and he was not part of the squad that faced Chelsea the following Saturday.
And about his relationship with coach Ten Ha, Ronaldo said: I do not respect him because he did not respect me.
The player, who will lead Portugal in the World Cup next week, indicated that he did not find “sympathy” and the club questioned him during the illness of his daughter last July, adding that he was unable to join the team in the pre-season because he wanted to stay with her.
The former Real Madrid scorer lamented “United’s lack of progress” since coach Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, as Ronaldo played under Sir in his first term.
He explained: Zero development since the departure of Sir Alex, I have not found any progress in the club and nothing has changed. Ferguson knows better than anyone that the club is not in the position it deserves. He knows as well as everyone knows, whoever does not see it either does not want to see it, they are blind.
He also criticized the club’s decision last season to replace coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a former team-mate, Ralf Rangnick.
Rangnick left his position as director of sports and development at Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow to move to Manchester.
Ronaldo said: After the club sacked Ole, they brought in a sports director, Ralph Rangnick, and no one understood that, this person is not even a coach.
He continued: I think the fans know the truth, I want the best for the club, and that’s why I came to Manchester United, but there are some things inside that do not help us reach the level of City, Liverpool or Arsenal now, a club of this size should be at the top in my opinion.