Cristiano Ronaldo has broken his silence following his interview with Piers Morgan. The Manchester United superstar has surprised the media in Qatar by unexpectedly turning up to a press conference.
Ronaldo’s hugely controversial interview with Morgan aired last Wednesday and Thursday, as he began preparations for the World Cup with Portugal. The 37-year-old was critical of United, the club’s hierarchy, manager Erik ten Hag, as well as several high-profile former players such as Gary Neville and Wayne Rooney.
It has caused shockwaves throughout the world of football and United are exploring the possibility of suing the superstar and sacking him. The likes of Neville have criticised Ronaldo for the timing of the interview.
But in a surprise to a small gathering of media at Portugal’s training base in Qatar, Ronaldo was the player to speak at a press conference on Monday morning. And reflecting on the interview, he insisted he speaks when he wants to.
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Ronaldo also addressed the footage which some people suggested showed his United team-mate Bruno Fernandes giving him the cold shoulder when he arrived in Lisbon last week. Ronaldo insisted he was joking with Fernandes because he turned up late to the training camp.
He said: “His plane was late – I asked him did you come by boat.”
Ronaldo missed Portugal’s warm-up match against Nigeria last Thursday with a stomach bug. However, he looks set to be fit to start the tournament this week.
Portugal face Ghana in their World Cup opener on Thursday. Uruguay and South Korea are the two other teams in a strong-looking Group H.
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