Cristiano Ronaldo has broken his silence after the emergence of the first snippets of his explosive interview on ‘Piers Morgan Uncensored’, in which he slammed Manchester United over several topics. The Portugal striker has taken to social media with a ‘united’ post as his future at Old Trafford hangs by a thread.
On Sunday night, hours after United beat Fulham 2-1 in the Premier League courtesy of Alejandro Garnacho’s last-gasp strike, Ronaldo grabbed the headlines as Piers Morgan revealed the incredible interview was on its way. And the Red Devils fanbase was left in disarray by his comments after videos from his 90-minute conversation came to light.
This evening, Ronaldo took to social media to post an image from Portugal’s training camp as they started their preparations for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The 37-year-old striker accompanied it with the caption: “Total and absolute focus on National Team work. United group, towards one objective: realize the dream of all Portuguese people!”
While his brutally honest comments on United and the current regime under Erik ten Hag may have rubbed some of his team-mates up the wrong way, he still has allies in the dressing room. Young full-back duo Brandon Williams and Diogo Dalot, joining him in the Portugal squad, instantly liked his Instagram post.
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Shortly after Ronaldo’s post, Morgan shared the latest clip from the interview, where the iconic No 7 aimed fire at United’s chiefs for not believing him when his newborn daughter was sick in hospital. He cited it as the reason he missed pre-season and admitted he was left ‘hurt’ by the club’s attitude towards it.
He said: “I spoke with the directive and president of Manchester United. They kind of did not believe that there was something going wrong, which made me feel bad. They believed, but in the same way, I’m never going to change the health of my family for football. Never. Now, or ten years ago or forward.
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“It’s something that really hurt me because they doubted my word and that I struggled, especially Belle and Jill. I didn’t go to pre-season because of that, because I wouldn’t let anything happen to my family for pre-season. I don’t think that’s fair, and that’s why I didn’t go.”
Ronaldo will be keen to put his United anguish behind him for the next six weeks as he looks to bolster his legacy by guiding Portugal to World Cup glory. Portugal start their campaign in Qatar against Ghana on Thursday, November 24, before facing Uruguay and South Korea in Group H.
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