World Cup 2022: The cold greeting between Cristiano Ronaldo and one of his Manchester United teammates that tensed the climate of Portugal

Posted 2022/11/15 30 0

What seemed to be a moment of celebration turned into an alarm in the concentration of Portugal, one of the selected ones that goes to Qatar to fight for the title. A video from the Portuguese federation that shows the team’s meeting in Lisbon revealed a moment of tension between captain Cristiano Ronaldo and another of the team’s figures, the winger Bruno Fernandes.

Ronaldo and Fernandes are teammates at Manchester United. They met again in the dressing room of the Portuguese concentration, in Lisbon, prior to a friendly against Nigeria, prior to the departure for Doha. The images are compelling: Ronaldo extends his hand to Fernandes, who greets him coldly and makes a comment that leaves the great symbol of Portuguese football looking disgusted. Media from that country point out that the episode is a consequence of Ronaldo’s extreme statements against Manchester United and his coach, Erik Ten Hagwhom he accuses of having “betrayed” him.

The cold greeting of Bruno Fernandes to Cristiano Ronaldo in the concentration of Portugal

Fernandes had just played in United’s agonizing victory against Fulhan (with a goal from Argentine Alejandro Garnacho). Ronaldo missed the last calls of the English club due to an uncertain condition that aroused endless speculation.

The world of soccer is wondering at this time if Ronaldo, the top scorer in soccer history, will change clubs when he returns from the Qatari adventure. His statements in a television interview deepened the distance that he already had with the club at the beginning of the season, when there was speculation that he wanted to leave. He said that it was the opposite, that they did their best to kick him out.

This Sunday, in the program “Piers Morgan uncensored” (Piers Morgan without censorship), of the Sky Sports chain, Cristiano attacked everyone, with the exception of Alex Ferguson, the technical director who recommended his hiring when he was 17 years old and played for Sporting Lisbon.

Cristiano Ronaldo, in the television interview that raised a lot of dust with his statements
Cristiano Ronaldo, in the television interview that raised a lot of dust with his statements

A few days after playing his fifth World Cup, the same amount as Lionel Messi, the Portuguese pointed heavy artillery at the club and at Ten Hag: “I feel betrayed because they made me the black sheep. Not only the coach, there are two or three more who want me out of the club”.

His relationship with Ten Hag is unlikely to return: “I have no respect for him because he doesn’t show me respect. If you don’t have respect for me, I will never have it for you.” Then he charged against Wayne Rooney, a former Manchester United teammate for five years, who days ago had said about Cristiano: “I think the things he did from the beginning of the season are unacceptable for the club. It’s an unwanted distraction Manchester don’t need right now.when it is trying to rebuild itself.

Cristiano Ronaldo, with Alejandro Garnacho, the Argentine youth who has him as an idol
Cristiano Ronaldo, with Alejandro Garnacho, the Argentine youth who has him as an idolNaomi Baker – Getty Images Europe

Cristiano responded to Rooney: “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.”.

His questions reached the club’s management: “I think the fans should know the truth. I want the best for United, that’s why I came back. But there are things inside that don’t help us reach the top level, like City, Liverpool and even now Arsenal. I love United, I love the fans, they are always on my side. But if you want to improve, Many things have to change, many things”.

He only rescued Ferguson: “I don’t know what happens to Manchester since Alex left. The club has not evolved. Zero progress. Alex knows better than anyone that the club is not going the way it deserves. Everyone knows it, the club is not advancing. People who don’t realize it is because they don’t want to see it; they’re blind”.

Cristiano Ronaldo, in the program "Piers Morgan sin censura"which aired on Sky Sports
Cristiano Ronaldo, in the program “Piers Morgan without censorship”, which was broadcast on Sky Sports

Cristiano acknowledged that he followed Ferguson’s advice when he parted ways with Juventus: “He told me ‘there’s no way you’re going to Manchester City’, and I said ‘ok boss’”. He accused the driving of “lack of empathy” at the time his wife lost a pregnancy: “Liverpool fans held a minute’s silence on the death of my son, it really surprised me. At Manchester United they never showed empathy for the situation I experienced, never.

It was also lapidary with Ralf Rangnick, the caretaker coach who preceded Ten Hag last season: “If you’re not even a coach, How are you going to manage Manchester United? I never heard of him.”

These statements by Cristiano put his poor football season in context. In 14 dates of the Premier League, He started four games and came off the bench in another six. He only played 520 of the 1,260 possible minutes. He converted just one goal, on October 9, in the 2-1 win over Everton. He showed more of his presence in the Europa League: he was there from the beginning in the six days, with two goals, both in the matches against Sheriff Tiraspol.

Close to turning 38, the Portuguese seeks to vindicate himself in the World Cup, one of the few titles that he does not have. His team faces Nigeria this Thursday in Lisbon and then will leave for the Middle East. The debut for Group H of the Cup will be on November 24, against Ghana. Then Uruguay awaits him, on the 28th, and South Korea, on December 2.


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