Only a star like Cristiano Ronaldo could grab the attention of the footballing world days before its biggest event. The Portuguese forward made stunning revelations and shared his views in an exclusive interview with Piers Morgan.
The snippets of that interview are already doing rounds on the internet. Here we will reveal every word that came out of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s mouth. In this much-hyped interview, Ronaldo talks about why he rejoined Manchester United, the current situation at the club and even his on-field rival Lionel Messi.
Q: Why did Cristiano Ronaldo join Manchester United after a move to rivals Manchester City looked likely?
Cristiano Ronaldo: Well, honestly, it was close… But as you know, as my history is Manchester United. Your heart, you’re feeling the way these two that you did before, make the difference. And of course, as well, Sir Alex Ferguson.
“So I was surprised. And the same way, but it was conscious decision. Because the heart speaks, speaking loud in that moment.”
Instability at the club
“And Manchester it wasn’t, in that moment that as you mentioned that Ole was sacked, Michael Carrick he assumed the job for two games. Villarreal, and Chelsea away. And everything was so fast, but surprised me a lot, [the] instability in the club. No, they stopped on a clock, in my opinion, which is something that surprised me.
“At United, the progress was zero, in my opinion. To compare with Real Madrid and even Juventus, that they follow the rest of the world, so the technology, especially in terms of training, nutrition and conditioning, eat properly and to recover better than before – surprised me. Manchester right now to compare with that club, I think it’s behind in my opinion, which is something that surprised me. A club with this dimension should be the top of the tree in my opinion and they are not, unfortunately. They are not in that level. But I hope the next years they can reach to be in a top level.”
On Whether Ralf Rangnick Knew What He was Doing:
“No, they don’t. They knew with the club, very well. But they don’t know the main dimension of the club inside, the history of the club. Which is, for me, surprised me even more. Which is when you sack Ole Solskjaer, you should bring a top manager, not a sports director.”
On Rooney’s Criticism of Him
‘I don’t, I really don’t understand people like that.
‘Or if they want to be in a cover of the paper of the news, or they want new jobs or whatever.’
‘Probably, because he finished his career in 30s. So I’m still playing at a high level. I’m not gonna say that I’m looking better than him. Which is true, but…
‘It’s hard to listen to that kind of criticism and negativity from people who play with you, for example, Gary Neville as well.’
Stay Tuned for Part Two of the Interview.