A pundit has revealed which Cristiano Ronaldo adversary will be left ‘laughing’ after the Manchester United player’s sensational interview with Piers Morgan.
Ronaldo is fed up of all the criticism from fans, pundits and the media, hence his chat with Morgan. Clips from the interview have been shared on Twitter and the full 90-minute show will be released later this week.
Ronaldo has caused a stir by saying he has no respect for Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag, as well as blasting the club’s owners.
In addition, the striker has hit out at former team-mates Gary Neville and Wayne Rooney for criticising him recently.
He says it is unfair that they are calling him out in the media when they do not know exactly what is going on behind the scenes, especially with his family.
Ronaldo also suggested Neville speaks about him on Sky Sports to make more headlines. This explains why he didn’t shake Neville’s hand before the game against West Ham.
During an appearance on talkSPORT, former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood reacted to the Ronaldo interview.
He thinks Lionel Messi, Ronaldo’s long-term rival for the Ballon d’Or, will be ‘laughing’ at how the Portuguese is ‘tarnishing his legacy’.
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“I don’t think what Ronaldo is saying is ground breaking, I really don’t,” Sherwood said.
“I think it’s more ground breaking the fact that he’s come and said it so publicly and obviously done it on a huge platform. He could’ve gone Oprah Winfrey or Piers Morgan – he’s took the English option.
“I’m astounded that he’s come out and done it I really am, I think it tarnishes his legacy.
“I think Lionel Messi must be sitting in Qatar in his camp laughing, looking at it from afar. Because when you ask players who the best players are to have played the game, it’s either Messi or Ronaldo.
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“But my unconscious bias is now drifting towards Lionel Messi. Just on the top of this, which is a shame really.”
Most pundits have come to the defence of Ten Hag. They generally think Ronaldo is out of order both in terms of his actions and the interview.
But Graeme Souness took a different approach during a separate appearance on talkSPORT. The former Liverpool man was asked if he believes Ten Hag has gone back on his word over Ronaldo‘s hopes of regular starts. Souness replied: “I certainly do.
“I come back to it, there’s a meeting, two people speak, two people leave the room with an understanding and someone has not kept their word.
“He has never spoken. He feels it is time for him to come out and tell his side of the story. This is a player who in many people’s eyes is the greatest player to have ever kicked a ball.
“I think he has been told a story and the manager has not kept it.”
Man Utd broke their silence on the matter on Monday. They note the interview and will wait for all the facts to be established before considering a full response.
ESPN report that Ten Hag has held an emergency meeting about Ronaldo’s comments, while also revealing what the Dutchman has said.