Cristiano Ronaldo has most likely played his final game for Manchester United after letting rip at his manager and others within the organisation in a bizarre Piers Morgan interview.
Ronaldo has been on the periphery of the United squad since Erik Ten Hag joined before the season, despite ending the 2021/22 season as the team's top scorer.
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The iconic No.7 sparked uproar across the football world after storming off down the tunnel before full-time, during Manchester United's 2-0 win over Tottenham last month.
There has been no secret that the football icon hasn't seen eye-to-eye with his manager after a number of frosty moments.
Now, in a tell-all interview with Piers Morgan, Ronaldo has let rip at his coach and his club in a move that will surely end his time in Manchester.
Speaking on his new manager, Ronaldo claimed he felt 'betrayed' when pressed about his situation.
“Yes. I felt betrayed," Ronaldo said.
When asked if 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 listen to the truth.
“Yes I feel betrayed. And I felt some people don’t want me here. Not only this year but last year too.”
And Ronaldo went on to claim he didn't have respect for his current manager in a scathing dig.
“I don’t have respect for him because he doesn’t show respect for me. If you don’t have respect for me, I’m never gonna have respect for you," he added.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) November 13, 2022
Cristiano Ronaldo blasted after brutal interview
Ronaldo wasn't done.
The former Real Madrid forward then let rip at the progress that was made since the time he left Manchester and headed to Spain.
“The progress was zero,” he added. “Since Sir Alex left (2013), I saw no evolution in the club. Nothing had changed.
“I want the best for the club. This is why I come to Manchester United.
“But you have some things inside that don’t help (us) reach the top level as (Manchester) City, Liverpool and even now Arsenal … a club with this dimension should be top of the tree in my opinion and they are not unfortunately.”
After paying out his former boss, Ralf Ragnick, Ronaldo then took aim at his former teammate Wayne Rooney for his comments.
“I don’t know why he criticises me so badly...probably because he finished his career and I’m still playing at a high level," Ronaldo said of his former teammate.
“I’m not going to say that I’m looking better than him. Which is true...”
The fallout to Ronaldo's interview has been nuclear.
Ronaldo's move could be seen as calculated as he angles his way for a transfer away from United after the World Cup in Qatar.
Ronaldo “I don’t respect the manager”
Ronaldo under ETH: Announced he wanted to leave, refused to come on as a substitute, walked off the bench & left before the game had finished.
99% of United fans will be on the side of ETH, which shows how badly Ronaldo has handled this.
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) November 13, 2022
Ronaldo’s sense of entitlement and lack of self-awareness is off the scale. Embarrassing himself.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) November 13, 2022
Which club is going to want to sign Ronaldo now?
Which manager is going to want to deal with him?
Utterly disgraceful way to behave.
I hope the United fan base get behind the team and the manager now and I hope Ronaldo never comes near Old Trafford again.
— Steven Bartlett (@SteveBartlettSC) November 13, 2022
Ronaldo is right, United have invested in the wrong areas for far too long. Paying him £500k a week at his age is a prime example of that.
— Scotty (@arghkid) November 13, 2022
This Ronaldo interview is such a disgrace, man. End of the day, it’s the epitome of shooting yourself in the foot. That’s what happens when the ego can’t be backed up, anymore.
— Neal 🇦🇺 (@NealGardner_) November 13, 2022
Been a noticeable drop in Ronaldo’s level. Yes, moments of brilliance, but overall, we are seeing a player on the decline. Deep down, I think he’s sensed this himself. He’s right about the many issues at #MUFC, but he’s also struggling to deal with not being good enough to start.
— Tom McDermott (@MrTomMcDermott) November 13, 2022
This classless, self-absorbed and awareness-free quote will get lost among the general classless, self-absorbed and awareness-free interview. But it is one for the pundits who obsess over "Ronaldo being the ultimate professional and role model for young players". Embarrassing. https://t.co/b60x2phDHY
— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) November 13, 2022
Ronaldo was not named in the Manchester United squad for a second straight game, which was due to an undisclosed illness.
However, the interview was released only hours after Ronaldo didn't make the squad.
Fortunately for Erik ten Hag Manchester United head into the World Cup break on a high note after a 2-1 victory.
In the last Premier League game before the tournament in Qatar, substitute Alejandro Garnacho came off the bench to score a stoppage-time winner that secured a 2-1 victory at Fulham
"We have a base. We're going in the right direction, the culture has changed," Ten Hag said.
"The attitude, the mentality has changed and that's good. Also now we improve our football base.
"We have got a better mentality and (what) you see today is the symbol of it - when you get the win in the last dying seconds of the game."
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