Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo has accused the Manchester United hierarchy of lacking empathy as he didn’t receive the right behavior from them when he conveyed to them that his daughter was ill before the league season was underway.
Ronaldo claimed that his daughter’s critical health was the reason he arrived late for the pre-season in the summer. He made all these revelations in an unsanctioned interview with Piers Morgan on Sunday. The former Real Madrid star claimed that Manchester United ‘betrayed’ him and also kept insisting that he had no respect for manager Erik ten Haag.
The full interview is yet to be aired but the snippets from the interview that are doing the rounds on social media allege that the Manchester United officials “didn’t believe something was going wrong” when Ronaldo put it down to his daughter’s illness as the reason behind his late arrival for pre-season.
The Portuguese captain and his partner Georgina Rodriguez had revealed the tragic death of their newborn son in April, but their twin daughter had survived.
“I spoke with the directors and president of Manchester United and they kind of didn’t believe that something was going wrong which made me feel bad,” Ronaldo said in the interview.
“They believed it but it’s something that really hurt me because they doubted my words.
“We had one week in hospital because Bella had big problems and I didn’t go to the pre-season because of that.
“Because I wasn’t going to leave my family if something happened to do a pre-season because I didn’t think it was fair to leave my family,” he added.
Ronaldo didn’t stop there and also went on to blast manager Erik ten Hag.
“I don’t have respect for him because he doesn’t show respect for me. If you don’t have respect for me, I’m never going to have respect for you.”
Manchester United released a statement soon in response to the claims made by the star striker. They mentioned that they are still “considering their response” and “The club will consider its response after the full facts have been established.”
Ronaldo has had a very controversial second spell with the Red Devils. He has been in and out of the squad under ten Hag and also refused to come on as a substitute in their win over Tottenham. He was banished from the squad thereafter for the trip to Chelsea but returned to the scene once again later on.