Cristiano Ronaldo’s extraordinary outbursts have continued as the first part of his interview with Piers Morgan was aired, and the striker tore into his current teammates, admitting that most of them do not care about the club.
The Portuguese legend returned to Old Trafford a hero when he arrived in Manchester in the summer of 2021, but poor team form led to a disappointing season, despite the striker himself netting 18 times in the Premier League.
Erik Ten Hag’s appointment, however, made matters worse, with Ronaldo late to rejoin the club for pre-season amid concerns that he was pushing for a move away, and the relationship between player and manager having gone downhill ever since.
He was not brought on against Manchester City, a game his side lost 6-3 in, out of “respect for his big career”, and refused to be brought on a month later as his side beat Tottenham 2-0, storming down the tunnel before full-time and subsequently being dropped from the squad.
And, not content with criticising the management of both Ralf Rangnick and Erik ten Hag, Ronaldo ensured his unpopularity at Carrington by slamming the majority of his teammates too.
“They don’t care. Some yes - but most of them no. It does not surprise me as most of them won’t have a longevity in the game”, he told Piers Morgan in an astonishing outburst.
But, when asked who might, there was one man who immediately sprung to mind. The player in question? Compatriot Diogo Dalot.
“Diogo Dalot for sure, he’ll have a great career with longevity”, Ronaldo explained. Also Martinez, Casemiro. But yes, Dalot is a top professional.”
The defender, who is one of three Manchester United players heading to the World Cup with Portugal, has been a mainstay in Erik ten Hag’s side since the start of the season, and has impressed during his 13 outings for the Red Devils.
Still just 23 years old, he could yet be a mainstay of the Manchester United side for years to come.