Cristiano Ronaldo ripped into Wayne Rooney and Ralf Rangnick in an extraordinary, and explosive interview about his second stint at Manchester United.
Ronaldo returned to United from Juventus in the summer of 2021, and his triumphant comeback was marked by his two goals against Newcastle in a 4-1 Premier League victory at Old Trafford.
Ronaldo’s path to recovery is difficult to envision now that a portion of the contentious conversation he had with Piers Morgan was released late on Sunday night. The complete interview won’t be made public until midweek, but the sneak peek is a harsh indictment of how Ronaldo’s friendship with United has deteriorated.
During the 90-minute interview that Ronaldo gave shortly before taking off for the World Cup, the forward made Ten Hag, Wayne Rooney, and Ralf Rangnick his objectives.
He’s had enough of the criticism, sneering, and nonstop finger-pointing that has been directed at him in recent months.
It originated from the media, his superiors, coworkers, and even former teammates.
Having won 32 trophies, including five Ballon d’Ors, five Champions Leagues, seven league titles in four different countries, and a Euros with Portugal, he’s had enough of the lack of basic respect that he feels he’s entitled to.
In my opinion, along with many others who are more able to make such a determination, including Zinedine Zidane and Carlo Ancelotti, Ronaldo, 37, is the greatest player to ever play the game.
In addition, he currently has more than half a billion followers on Instagram, the modern gauge for celebrity power.
However, he is currently upset and feels mistreated, therefore he won’t be silent any more.
He wants to have his say as he gets ready to fly to Qatar for his fifth and very definitely final World Cup.
What did Cristiano Ronaldo say about Ralf Rangnick?
Although Ronaldo scored frequently in his debut season, the team did not advance despite talk of him returning to the top of the tree.
Ralf Rangnick succeeded Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager in the middle of the season, although it had no good effect on the group.
When Rangnick left at the end of the last campaign, Ronaldo had harsh words for the German.
When Piers Morgan questioned Ronaldo about Rangnick, he responded as follows: “If you’re not even a coach, how are you going to be the boss of Manchester United? I’d never even heard of him.”
What did Cristiano Ronaldo say about Wayne Rooney?
Ronaldo also gave legendary player Wayne Rooney of United and England the boot.
During Ronaldo’s first season at Old Trafford, the two were incredibly productive as a team, but they did clash on the international stage when Rooney was notoriously dismissed at the 2006 World Cup, which led to film of Ronaldo winking after speaking with the referee.
Throughout Ronaldo’s second stint at United, Rooney has criticized the player and urged the team to let him go.
“I don’t know why he criticises me so badly,” Ronaldo said, “…probably because he finished his career and I’m still playing at high level.”
Per the Interview, Ronaldo then chuckles and added: “I’m not going to say that I’m looking better than him. Which is true . . . ”’
Since Sir Alex Ferguson left the team in 2013, following their most recent Premier League championship, United has regressed, and Ronaldo claims Ferguson is aware of the problems at Old Trafford.
What Cristiano Ronaldo said about Manchester United and how they handled his sick daughter’s complaint
Ronaldo claimed he was unable to return for preseason last summer because his daughter, who was 3 months old at the time, had to be admitted to the hospital in July. He also claimed senior Manchester United administrators had doubts about him.
He stated: “My three-month-old daughter was hospitalized in July, so I missed pre-season training. I was hurt because the club management didn’t believe in me.”
It’s unfortunate that the club put him under the bus merely to make him look bad, even knowing that his problems with his daughter were the cause of his absence.
Even though he knew why Ronaldo missed preseason, Erik Ten Hag admitted to benching Ronaldo for that.
What next for Ronaldo?
This Ronado and Manchester United issue is the same with the saying that “never go back to your ex, it doesn’t usually end well.”
It was notable that the United board claimed Ronaldo was not a subject of interest for any club in the summer but in his Interview, he stated that Alex Ferguson urged him not to join Manchester City.
If Ronaldo had gone to rival club City, he would still be showing his goalscoring prowess until now.
In their penultimate game before the World Cup on Sunday, United defeated Fulham 2-1 despite the absence of Ronaldo.
Ronaldo’s future at United is currently uncertain, although he will still travel to Qatar with Portugal for the World Cup.