Cristiano Ronaldo, the forward for Manchester United, has alleged that the Premier League club abandoned him.
He “doesn’t respect” manager Erik ten Hag, whom he alleges tried to drive him out last summer.
Ronaldo slammed Ten Hag, the club, and previous interim manager Ralf Rangnick in an interview with Piers Morgan.
The 37-year-old was suspended by Ten Hag after refusing to appear as a substitute during the 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in October.
“I don’t have respect for him [Ten Hag] because he doesn’t show respect for me,” Ronaldo said in a fragment of the interview that will air in full on Wednesday on “Piers Morgan Uncensored.”
“If you don’t have respect for me, I’m never gonna have respect for you.”
Ronaldo and his representatives were actively looking for a move away from Old Trafford in the summer. But the Portugal international insists it was United and Ten Hag who pushed him toward the exit.
“Manchester United tried to force me out,” he said.
“Not only the manager, but the other two or three guys around the club [at the senior executive level]. I 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.”
During the interview, Ronaldo also claimed to have “never heard of” Rangnick before he was appointed caretaker manager last season. And accused United of failing to progress between his departure to Real Madrid in 2009 and his return in 2021.