Cristiano Ronaldo's most controversial interview in the midst of his conflict with Manchester United: “I feel betrayed”

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The Portuguese made strong statements and his relationship with the club where he was a multi-champion seems to be at a point of no return. His criticism of coach Erik ten Haag

Explosive statements by Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo He did not play in the last two Manchester United games (4-2 wins against Aston Villa and 2-1 against Fullham, respectively). Coach Erik ten HaagHe had been forced to report that he was out due to “illness” and not that he had been allowed not to push himself on the threshold of his last World Cup, in which he will once again represent Portugal. However, the 37-year-old striker himself broke any protocol or alibi in a controversial interview with journalist Piers Morgan. There, he openly confronted the technical director and gave statements that apparently represent a point of no return with the English team: “I feel betrayed”.

“Do you think they are forcing you to leave?” The interviewer asked him, and gave rise to the catharsis of the attacker, who came into conflict with the club since the end of last season, after the Red Devils They will not qualify for the Champions League, a contest that the Portuguese never wants to miss. From there, rumors of possible transfers to a host of clubs (from Barcelona and Atlético Madrid to Milan or Napoli) intensified. In addition, he did not carry out the preseason. In between, he was the father of a girl and the twin died at birth.

“Yes, not only the coach, he is forcing me, but also two or three people from the club”, he replied to the question. “You mean hierarchical positions?” Morgan asked. “Yes, I feel betrayed“, gave back. “Do you think they want to get rid of you?” His interlocutor urged him. “I shouldn't say that, I don't know, but I don't care, I've always been interested in people hearing the truth. Yes, I feel betrayed, I feel that some people don't want me here, not only this year, but also last year ”, he finished.

The friction with the former Ajax coach sprouted since he sat on the substitute bench. They began when the striker withdrew from a friendly match when it was still in dispute, they deepened when DT sent him to the substitute bench and they reached their climax with the sanction that he applied after he went to the locker room before he ended the match against Tottenham after refusing to play the final moments of the match.

“I don't respect him because he shows no respect for me. If you don't have respect for me, I will never have respect for you. They have turned me into the black sheep ”, he blurted out, convinced. Cristiano accepted that the famous offer to land at City existed, and that he used Sir Alex Ferguson as a reference source. “I followed my heart. He told me: 'It's impossible for you to come to Manchester City', and I said: 'Okay, boss'”, the conversation detailed. The mark that he had left in his first stage at Man U (10 titles, including a Champions League) represented an obstacle to a hypothetical jump to the other side of the city. But his return to the club that catapulted him was not what he expected. “Progress was zero. Since Sir Alex left I have not seen any evolution in the club. Nothing had changed ”, he accused.

Perhaps what hurt her the most, according to her words, is the treatment she received after the family tragedy she and Georgina Rodríguez and her children went through. He spoke of “lack of empathy” and stressed that the fact that they doubted the license he requested to go through the bad time “hurt me and made me feel bad”.


His response to criticism from former teammate Wayne Rooney, who called him “an unwanted distraction”

“I don't know why he criticizes me so much… Probably because he finished his career and I'm still playing at a high level. I'm not going to say that I look better than him. Which is true…”.

Why United can't keep up with Liverpool or City

“You have some things inside that don't help us get to the highest level like City, Liverpool and even now Arsenal… In my opinion a club of this size should be at the top of the tree and unfortunately , it is not.”

“As Picasso said, you have to destroy in order to rebuild (the artist's famous phrase is 'Every act of creation is first an act of destruction') and if they start with me, for me, it's not a problem.”

“I love Manchester United, I love the fans, they are always on my side. But if they want to do it differently… They have to change many, many things.”

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