It was a moment of jubilation for Manchester United. August 31, 2021, in a moment that quite frankly stunned the world of sports and came at the expense of their hometown rivals — Cristiano Ronaldo returned home. But just over a year on, the star Portuguese forward feels “betrayed” by the club.
“I don’t have respect for him [Ten Hag] because he doesn’t show respect for me,” Ronaldo said in an interview for Wednesday’s edition of “Piers Morgan Uncensored.” Ronaldo’s chagrin comes at a series of poor performances by the team, and more importantly, his lack of starts which is uncommon for a player of his caliber.
During this past summer, where much of the football world expected him to sign elsewhere, perhaps Bayern Munich, Ronaldo “felt betrayed. I don’t care, people should listen to the truth. Yes, I felt betrayed. I feel that some people didn’t want me here, not only this year but last season too.”
The news comes just a week away from the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar — arguably the last World Cup that Ronaldo will play at the highest level. All eyes are now on the upcoming tournament and the January transfer window.