Cristiano Ronaldo acquired a frosty reception from Manchester United teammate Bruno Fernandes because the pair arrived on the World Cup.
A video of the Portugal superstars confirmed Fernandes touching Ronaldo’s arm as he walked previous, prompting a proposal of a handshake which was finally accepted – however solely briefly.
Fernandes stated one thing after which walked away with Ronaldo trying dissatisfied.
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The incident got here after Ronaldo declared Manchester United’s homeowners the Glazer household “don’t care” about how profitable the Premier League giants are on the pitch in one other salvo towards the membership.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has been a peripheral determine this season underneath new supervisor Erik ten Hag and was disciplined for refusing to come back on as an alternative.
However he had returned to the aspect in current weeks and even captained the Crimson Devils in a 3-1 loss at Aston Villa.
Nonetheless, the 37-year-old was absent from the squad within the 2-1 victory over Fulham in United’s closing match earlier than a six-week break for the World Cup.
In an explosive interview with TalkTV Ronaldo, who made his title at Outdated Trafford, stated he felt “betrayed” by United and that he believed senior membership figures have been attempting to oust him.
In one other a part of the interview he continued to wage warfare on the membership the place he made his title throughout his first stint at Outdated Trafford from 2003 to 2009.
The ahead, who returned to the membership final yr, stated he doesn’t communicate to the Glazers, the Individuals who’ve owned United since 2005, and they don’t have the membership’s finest pursuits at coronary heart.
“The Glazers, they don’t care concerning the membership … skilled sport. As you realize, Manchester is a advertising and marketing membership,” he stated.
“They may get cash from the advertising and marketing — the game, it’s, they don’t actually care, for my part.
“The followers, they’re all the time proper. I believe the followers ought to know the reality, ought to know that the gamers need one of the best for the membership. I would like one of the best for the membership. For this reason I got here to Manchester United.”
Ronaldo gained three Premier League titles and the Champions League throughout his first stint at United however the membership haven’t gained any silverware since 2017.
Ronaldo stated there have been “some issues contained in the membership” that have been stopping United from competing with rivals Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool and it will be exhausting for them to return to the highest within the subsequent few years.
He has additionally rounded on former teammates Wayne Rooney and Gary Neville after criticism from the pair.
“Individuals can have (their) personal opinion however they don’t actually know what’s happening. For instance, contained in the coaching floor and Carrington and even my life,” he stated.
“They should take heed to my standpoint as effectively. As a result of it’s straightforward to criticise however if you happen to don’t know the entire story, it’s straightforward.
“They don’t seem to be my associates.”
Ronaldo defined in his interview why he didn’t go on United’s pre-season tour to Australia in July.
He revealed companion Georgina Rodriguez and child daughter Bella Esmeralda have been hospitalised with a “massive downside”, solely a matter of months after the demise of their new child son, however stated he was not absolutely believed by the United hierarchy.
“I’m by no means, ever going to alter the well being of my household for a soccer,” he stated. “By no means. Now or 10 years behind or ahead and it’s one thing that basically damage me as a result of they doubt my phrases.”
An announcement from United, launched on Monday, stated the membership would “contemplate its response after the complete info have been established”.
The World Cup begins on Sunday, though Euro 2016 winners Portugal, who’re in Group H, don’t start their marketing campaign till November 24.
In a message posted on social media, together with a photograph of himself and a few of his worldwide teammates, Ronaldo stated: “Complete and absolute concentrate on the work of the nationwide workforce.”
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