Portugal and Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo revealed he feels “betrayed” by the Premier League club and has “no respect” for Coach Erik ten Hag, in a ventilated Sunday night interview with Piers Morgan.
Set to captain in the upcoming Qatar World Cup for Portugal, Ronaldo finally spoke about his treatment at Man Utd after months of circulating claims of despair.
“I don’t have respect for him because he doesn’t show respect for me,” Ronaldo told controversial Piers Morgan about ten Hag.
“If you don’t have respect for me, I’m never gonna have respect for you,” the football legend added.
When asked if Ronaldo felt pushed out of the club, the footballer claimed that several individuals have pressured him.
“Yes, not only the coach but the other two or three guys – they’re around the club.” When pressed further, Ronaldo said: “Yes, I feel betrayed. And I felt that some people, they don’t want me here. Not only this year but last year too,” the 37-year-old voiced.
“Since Sir Alex Ferguson left, I saw no evolution in the club. The progress was zero.”
He added: “Nothing changed. Not only the pool, the jacuzzi, and even the gym. Even some points of the technology. Even in the kitchen, the chefs, who I appreciate, and are lovely people, stopped in time, which surprised me a lot.
“I thought I would have seen different things, different technology, infrastructure. But unfortunately, we see many things that I used to see when I was 20, 21, and 23. It surprised me a lot.”
Since returning to Man Utd after leaving in 2009, Ronaldo’s nine trophies in his first stint have seemed forgotten by the club.
Since joining, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner has been benched as he has been passed up for more youthful players.
The Portuguese star, who suffered the loss of his baby son with his partner Georgina, believes that the club was not accommodating when his daughter was hospitalised in July.
Unable to return on time for pre-season training, Ronaldo said there was no lack of “empathy” for his situation.
“I think the fans should know the truth,” he said. “I want the best for the club. This is why I come to Manchester United.”
Currently fifth in the Premier League, the former English giants have started with a losing streak at the beginning of the season.
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