Fans rip into Cristiano Ronaldo after his bombshell interview with Piers Morgan with quotes and footage from it dropping on Sunday night.
Supporters slammed the 37-year-old for ‘ruining his legacy’ following his criticism of Manchester United and manager Erik ten Hag among others.
He claims the club have betrayed him and admitted that he doesn’t have any respect for Ten Hag, but Ronaldo has since been accused by fans of betraying the club after doing this interview.
Fair to say we’ll probably never see him playing for Man Utd again after this.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) November 13, 2022
In the interview with Piers Morgan for TalkTV released by The Sun at 10pm on Sunday night, which the full interview released on Wednesday and Thursday, Ronaldo claimed there has been “zero progress” at the club since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in the summer of 2013.
When questioned if United’s hierarchy were trying to get him out of the club, Ronaldo said: “Yes. Not only the coach, but the other two or three guys around the club. I felt betrayed.”
When asked if senior club executives were trying to oust him, the 37-year-old replied: “Honestly, I don’t know. I don’t care. People should hear the truth. Yes, I feel betrayed. Some people don’t want me here not only this year, but last year too.
“I don’t know what’s going on. Since Sir Alex Ferguson left I have seen not evolution in the club. The progress was zero.
“For example, an interesting point is how a club like Manchester United sacked Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer), they bring in a sporting director Ralf Rangnick which is something nobody understands. This guy is not even a coach! A big club like Manchester United bringing in a sporting director surprised not only me but all the world.
“Nothing changes. Not only the jacuzzi, the pool, even the gym. Even some points of technology, the kitchen, the chefs – who I appreciate, lovely people! They stop in time which surprised me a lot.
“I feel betrayed.”
EXCLUSIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo tells Piers Morgan he feels like he’s being forced out of Manchester United in an explosive interview.
— Piers Morgan Uncensored (@PiersUncensored) November 13, 2022
“I thought I would see different things, technology, infrastructure. Unfortunately, we see many things I’m used to seeing when I’m 21, 22, 23. It surprised me a lot.”
Ronaldo also said of Ten Hag: “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.”
Ronaldo, who re-joined Man Utd in August 2021 and finished as their top scorer in all competitions last season with 24 goals, asked to leave the Premier League giants in the summer.
“I think the fans should know the truth,” the Portugal international added. “I want the best for the club. This is why I come to Manchester United.
“But you have some things inside that don’t help [us] reach the top level as City, Liverpool and even now Arsenal…a club with this dimension should be top of the tree in my opinion and they are not unfortunately.
“As Picasso said, you have to destroy it to rebuild it (the artist’s exact quote was: ‘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’re always on my side. But if they want to do it different… they have to change many, many things.”
Cristiano Ronaldo on Wayne Rooney 🤯 pic.twitter.com/RgdzM3yAUw
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) November 13, 2022
Ronaldo aimed criticism of former team-mate Wayne Rooney after the Englishman said he is in danger of becoming an “unwanted distraction” at Old Trafford.
Ronaldo said of Rooney: “I don’t know why he criticises me so badly…probably because he finished his career and I’m still playing at a high level.
“I’m not going to say that I’m looking better than him. Which is true…”
Ronaldo, who was captain for United in their 3-1 defeat at Aston Villa, also revealed how former boss Ferguson persuaded him to return to the club last summer.
“I followed my heart,” CR7 said. “He [Sir Alex] said to me, ‘It’s impossible for you to come to Manchester City’, and I said, ‘OK, boss’.”
Asked what Ferguson thinks of United’s current situation, Ronaldo added: “He knows better than anybody that the club is not on the path they deserve to be.
“He knows. Everyone knows. The people who don’t see that… it’s because they don’t want to see; they are blind.”
Sky Sports News report that Ten Hag and the Manchester United players are understandably extremely disappointed with the manner and timing of Ronaldo’s interview.
The club only learned about the interview as they were preparing to fly back from London on Sunday evening following their 2-1 win over Fulham and they do not understand why he has said what he has said.
They are said to be hugely disappointed that he would disrespect the club, his manager and team-mates in this way and United are likely to consider all their options now regarding the player.
Ronaldo was told on Thursday that he wouldn’t be in the starting XI against Fulham but he would have been in the squad. He told the club he was ill, only to then drop this interview hours after the fixture was played out.
As mentioned, fans rip into Cristiano Ronaldo after his bombshell interview with Piers Morgan…
@HLTCO: Everything about these Ronaldo quotes highlight a man who has always had a fragile ego struggling to adapt to his new reality and raging against the dying of the light. It’s a mark of his own isolation that he feels empowered to slate everyone but himself. Ronaldo’s inability to accept his waning use in a high-press system, whilst storming off from the bench and taking public shots at his manager shows a lack of professionalism which will only damage his legacy long-term. Sadly, he doesn’t value anyone’s opinion enough to see it.
@csfiore: Doesn’t like how it feels being forced to do something against his will? Interesting.
@manutdirishreds: Wow Ronaldo trying to drag our club down again. Wonders never seem to amaze me.
@SMD34NDetailing: The sooner Ronaldo leaves the better. What an absolute circus he creates. Not needed and United are a better TEAM without him.
@Jack10Wright: Cristiano ronaldo has ruined his legacy as a footballer and a person. His ego has ruined everything, it’s a shame his career has ended like this. Dead to me.
@oh_just_because: Can’t wait till @Cristiano leaves, someone take him pls. So unprofessional. United play sooooo much better without him
@ellscott_mufc: He should never step foot in OT again
@cmclarnon89: So it’s official, he’s never playing for us again. Thank god. His legs have gone and makes us far easier to play against.
@conormclister1: So unprofessional but no surprise when he is doing an interview with you
@xUTDAngel: Yep it’s time. I love Ronaldo and it’s sad to end like this but he has to go. No player can disrespect the manager like this and get away.
@pwp1505: Toys out the pram 🤣🤣🤣🤣
@cdurant92: Club legend selling his soul to Piers Morgan 🤣🤣
@Birtwell7: He’s not playing cause we play better with out him and he can’t take it I used to idolise this man now I think he’s nothing but a cry baby
@bass_n_bass: “When exactly did you feel betrayed?”
“It’s hard to say Piers, it might have been when i made it clear I wanted to leave, maybe after I handed in my transfer request or possibly when i refused to go on as a sub”
@Smtlufc: The issue with Ronaldo is that he thinks he is better than everyone else. In his own mind he is above the rest. He has zero humility and is a terrible role model. Not even in the top 5 greatest ever in my opinion. Spoilt brat of a footballer.
@timlongsports: Ronaldo is arguably the worst transfer in PL history. Completely halted an accelerating project. Cost a great manager, & top up-&-coming coaches their jobs. That move is what Utd got wrong. Thankfully they got ETH right, meaning the setback is short-term, otherwise catastrophic.
@NealGardner_: This Ronaldo interview is such a disgrace, man. End of the day, it’s the epitome of shooting yourself in the foot. That’s what happens when the ego can’t be backed up, anymore.
@MUFC_redarmy99: I love Ronaldo and what he’s done for us, especially in my childhood he gave me amazing memories. But going to Piers Morgan and slagging off the club a week after Ten Hag made him captain is awful.