Cristiano Ronaldo publicly angered his Manchester United manager and club in an explosive interview that all but assured he played his last game for the Old Trafford club.
The Portuguese great is about to head to his fifth, and almost certainly last, World Cup, but in a soon-to-be-released 90-minute interview with English-speaking leader Piers Morgan, Ronaldo bristled at his treatment from a bombshell comeback. to the Premier League last year.
Ronaldo told Morgan that he believes the club is trying to “force him out.”
“Yes,” Ronaldo said. “Not just the coach but two or three other guys around the club.”
Morgan went on: “At the senior executive level?”
Ronaldo answered in the affirmative, saying: “Yes. I felt betrayed.”
Asked if he thinks United were trying to “get rid” of him, Ronaldo replied: “Honestly, I shouldn’t say that, I don’t know.”
“Listen, I don’t care. People should hear the truth.
“Yes, I feel betrayed. And I felt that some people don’t want me here. Not just this year, but also last year.”
Ronaldo doubled down on his criticism of manager Erik ten Hag, who suspended Ronaldo from the first team after the player refused to come on as a late substitute against Tottenham.
Ronaldo said: “I don’t respect him because he doesn’t show respect for me. If you don’t have respect for me, I’ll never have respect for you.”