Cristiano Ronaldo’s bombshell interview with Piers Morgan has grabbed the headlines ever since Talk TV released a series of clips on Sunday evening.
The 37-year-old, who has stayed quiet for so long, has finally opened up on what has been going on at Old Trafford… and it’s say to say he didn’t hold back.
Ronaldo accused Ten Hag and the United executives of trying to force him out of the club, snapped back at his former team-mate Wayne Rooney for his comments earlier this month and slammed the club for ‘disrespecting’ him.
Ronaldo also spoke about United’s former manager Ralf Rangnick before laying into a few others. As a result, Sportsmail have rounded up everyone who was targeted by the Portugal international.
Clips of Cristiano Ronaldo’s bombshell interview with Piers Morgan aired on Sunday evening
Sportsmail have rounded up everyone who was targeted by Cristiano Ronaldo in his interview
ERIK TEN HAG
Ronaldo’s relationship with Ten Hag has been the talk of the town ever since the Dutch manager arrived in April 2022.
Ronaldo has started just four league games under Ten Hag and let his frustrations get the better of him after refusing to come on as a substitute during United’s fixture with Tottenham.
He stormed down the tunnel before the final whistle was blown. He was dropped by Ten Hag for United’s following game and handed a hefty fine.
Ten Hag hoped their issues could be squashed soon after the incident took place but Ronaldo’s latest comments have shown the feud is still alive on Ronaldo’s side.
‘I don’t have respect for him because he doesn’t show respect for me,’ said Ronaldo. Some people, they don’t want me here – not only the coach but the other two or three guys.
‘Not only this year, but last year too. Honestly, I shouldn’t say that. But listen, I don’t care. People should listen to the truth. Yes, I feel betrayed.’
Ronaldo’s relationship with Ten Hag has been the talk of the town ever since he arrived
Ronaldo launched an astonishing attack on United’s former manager Rangnick. The 37-year-old said he had never heard of the German before he arrived at United. He even bemoaned that Rangnick’s ‘not even a coach’.
‘After Ole, they bring in sport directive Ralf Rangnick, which is something nobody understands’, he said. ‘This guy is not even a coach. A big club like Manchester United bringing in a sport directive surprised not only me but all the world.
‘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.’
Ronaldo launched an astonishing attack on United’s former manager Ralf Rangnick
Wayne Rooney recently claimed Ronaldo’s actions have been ‘unacceptable’. He even accused Ronaldo of being an unwelcome ‘distraction’ for the club.
Therefore, the 37-year-old decided to address Rooney’s comments in his interview with Morgan. He even hinted that the ex-England captain may be jealous of him.
‘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 in an exclusive interview with Piers Morgan, in an interview with Talk TV.
Ronaldo went on to add: ‘I’m not going to say that I’m looking better than him. Which is true…’
Ronaldo hit back at Wayne Rooney after he said his actions have been ‘unacceptable’ this term
Ronaldo’s comments came after Rooney told TalkSPORT. ‘Him [Ronaldo] and Messi are arguably the two best players of all-time and you can go either way with that, whatever way you decide.
‘But I just think the things he has done from the start of the season, it is not acceptable for Manchester United.
‘I’ve seen Roy Keane defending him. Roy wouldn’t accept that. Roy wouldn’t accept that at all. It is a distraction which Manchester United don’t need at the minute, trying to rebuild.’
MANCHESTER UNITED EXECUTIVES
Ronaldo also took issue with United executives during the interview with Morgan. He said there are multiple people at the club that are trying to force him out of the door.
He said: ‘Some people, they don’t want me here – not only the coach but the other two or three guys. Not only this year, but last year too.
‘Honestly, I shouldn’t say that. But listen, I don’t care. People should listen to the truth. Yes, I feel betrayed.’
Ronaldo also accused Manchester United of a lack of ’empathy’, particularly when his three-month-old was taken to hospital in July.
He said there are multiple people at the club that are trying to force him out of the door
It caused him to return late to pre-season training because he wanted to stay with her. Ronaldo said officials at the club left him feeling ‘hurt’ and ‘bad’ after he explained the reasoning behind his late return.
His daughter’s sickness came just three months after the tragic death of his baby son.
Announcing his and Georgina’s heartbreaking loss in April, Cristiano penned: ‘It is with our deepest sadness we have to announce that our baby boy has passed away. It is the greatest pain that any parents can feel.
‘Only the birth of our baby girl gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness. We would like to thank the doctors and nurses for all their expert care and support.
‘We are all devastated at this loss and we kindly ask for privacy at this very difficult time. Our baby boy, you are our angel. We will always love you.’
The Portuguese star, 37, and his partner Georgina Rodriguez, 28, revealed that their son had died at birth on April 18
Devastated: A statement from the couple confirmed the death of their baby boy as ‘the greatest pain’, but said their baby girl survived
THE MANCHESTER UNITED FACILITIES
Ronaldo left Manchester United in 2009 after signing a then-world-record £80million deal with LaLiga giants Real Madrid. Ronaldo hit the ground running in Spain and quickly became the club’s record goalscorer.
During his time at the club, Ronaldo won four Champions League trophies, two LaLiga titles, two Copa del Rey trophies, three Club World Cups, three UEFA Super Cups and two Supercopa de Espana trophies.
He then returned to United in 2021 after three seasons with Juventus. However, Ronaldo was less than impressed once he arrived back at the United’s training ground.
He said: ‘Nothing changed since I left. The pool, the jacuzzi, even the gym, even some technology. Even the chefs who I appreciate, lovely people. I thought I would see new technology, infrastructure. I saw things I saw when I was 20!’.
Ronaldo went on the explain how United are no longer a ‘top level club’ and insisted they are behind the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal.
He said: ‘The progress was zero. Since Sir Alex left, I saw no evolution in the club. Nothing had changed. I think the fans should know the truth. 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 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.’